A recent Consumer Reports article cites studies indicating that misdiagnosis of a medical condition or illness occurs in as many as 15 percent of all office visits.
There are certainly two ways of looking at preventable medical error.
As the lead researcher in an important Johns Hopkins medical study issued earlier this year notes, surgical mistakes often seem pronounced in the medical industry owing to their immediacy and often shocking details.
“There are some things you have to get right the first time,” says the attorney of a Maine resident whose story will resonate with readers from Pennsylvania and everywhere else across the country.
The quick recourse to CT scans for children in hospitals and clinics across the country sometimes begs the question of where medical malpractice is deemed in some instances to arise.
Many readers might reasonably believe that most instances of patient harm owing to medical error result from surgical mistakes or treatment glitches.
The ECRI Institute -- a nonprofit organization focused on best practices in the medical industry and patient care -- serves as a repository and evaluator of information supplied by hospitals across the country that report unsafe practice, dangerous conditions, failure to diagnose incidents and other adverse medical outcomes.
In recent years, a growing amount of attention has built -- and continues to build -- regarding the wide battery of diagnostic testing that is available and often recommended by physicians for their patients. What in former years was seldom questioned is nowadays frequently -- and sometimes stridently -- debated in medical circles, with this specific question often being asked: What tests are appropriate, and for whom?
New Castle, PA On Monday night after a six day trial in front of the Honorable Dominick Motto, it only took a jury two and a half hours to award a $2Million verdict to a 32 year old nurse and mother of three small children. In May of 2008, after experiencing what she thought was hemorrhoidal bleeding, Sarah Bargas went to see Ann Blakeley, D.O. at her office, Hemorrhoid Care, P.C. At that first visit Dr. Blakeley performed an anoscopy and diagnosed Sarah with hemorrhoids. She then recommended treatment with an "IRC" machine (infrared coagulation machine) in which a wand of light is applied to the base of a hemorrhoid, without ordering any further testing.
About 75 percent of all breast cancer screenings performed in the United Sates rely on computer-aided detection ("CAD") technology software, which was approved for use by the FDA in 1998. Some prior studies indicate that CAD technology can help detect cancer as well as the second set of eyes provided by a reviewing radiologist.