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April 2014 Archives

Research shows millions of outpatients are misdiagnosed

Many Colorado residents go to their doctor when they feel that something is off. However, what they may not know is if they receive treatment without being first admitted to a hospital that there is at least a 5 percent chance that their condition has been misdiagnosed. According to a recent report, it is believed that at least 1 in 20 adults who visit an outpatient clinic is misdiagnosed. When looking at the bigger picture, this means that approximately 12 million people are misdiagnosed annually.

Premature diagnosis of death involved in lawsuit

Colorado residents who follow medical malpractice in the news may know that there is a predefined period of time within which a suit must be filed. One case shows that the time frame is intricately tied to when an individual is injured or when the patient discovers they were injured.

Working together to improve patient safety

Colorado patient advocates are watching as a New York conference on patient safety and medical errors drew attendees who wanted to learn more about the topic. The founder of the event shared the story of her baby's death after he succumbed to complications from a tonsillectomy. When he began coughing up blood, she took him to the emergency room, but they sent him back home without finding a problem. The bleeding didn't stop, but by the time the paramedics arrived, it was too late. Although the late diagnosis that claimed the life of her son happened 24 years ago, the events still seem fresh to the mother and motivated her to start a patient advocacy group.

High-tech sponges only a start for reducing surgery errors

Colorado readers may be interested in a report released on March 25 that says that leaving objects behind in a patient following surgery is one of the most common surgical errors. An analysis revealed that approximately 2,024 medical malpractice claims are filed each year for this type of surgery mistake.

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