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December 2016 Archives

How the healthcare system may cause harm – Part XII

Most in New York City likely picture their doctors as dedicated clinicians committed to helping advance the science of healthcare and improve the quality of lives of their patients. While most likely do continue to have their patients’ best interests at heart, the potential for experiencing burnout is present in every profession. The results of a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic and shared by the AARP Bulletin showed that 54 percent of doctors surveyed displayed at least some degree of burnout. The trouble is that doctors having difficulty giving their all to their work may pose a danger to patients.

How the healthcare system may cause harm – Part X

When Kew Gardens residents hear of stories regarding medical errors, their first assumption may be that these mistakes only occur in hospitals, given that a majority of the data detailing them comes from such facilities. However, information shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the number of people visiting clinics to be exponentially higher than those seeking care at hospitals. In 2011, the CDC reported that 125.7 million Americans visited hospitals for outpatient treatment. By way of comparison, the same agency showed that 928.6 million people were seen in clinics in the U.S. in 2012.

What is failure to diagnose?

When a New York doctor does not diagnosis your condition properly, it is considered a failure to diagnosis. This term is legal in nature. In the medical field, it is usually just called a misdiagnosis, which encompasses failing to render the correct diagnosis, not diagnosing a condition at all or coming to a proper diagnosis after a delay. Issues with properly diagnosing conditions are the main reason medical malpractice suits are filed in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.

How the healthcare system may cause harm – Part IX

Full disclosure and transparency is a standard that may be applied to almost all industries, including healthcare. Yet many in Kew Gardens may discover that finding information about those providing their care can be a difficult process. Part of that may be due to poor record sharing across different healthcare facilities and clinics. However, another reason why patients may have little access to their providers’ histories may be that oftentimes (particularly in cases involving errors), healthcare professionals may hesitate to disclose such information.

How the healthcare system may cause harm – Part VIII

When medical errors occur in New York City, the tendency may be to give the doctors involved the benefit of the doubt given their perceived knowledge and expertise. Such an assumption, however, overlooks the fact that there are practicing doctors out there who may be engaged in negligent or flat-out dangerous practices. While the overall number of dangerous doctors may be few, their impact can be far-reaching. The AARP Bulletin reports that one percent of doctors in the U.S. account for almost 33 percent of all medical malpractice claim rewards.

How the healthcare system may cause harm – Part VII

Most in New York City would likely list healthcare professionals as being among the most knowledgeable and educated people that they know. Yet for all of the clinical education that doctors, surgeons, physician’s assistants and nurses possess, a lack of provider knowledge is still often cited as the primary cause of clinical errors. This does not imply that they are dumb, but rather that their conclusions may not be supported by the most up-to-date research, technologies and treatment protocols.

How the healthcare system may cause harm – Part VI

Medications play a vital role in the care administered by doctors, surgeons and other healthcare workers in Queens. In general, they work by suppressing certain biological responses to stimuli or by attacking bacteria and parasites. In either case, the effect that is produced in the body is often unnatural, which can lead to adverse effects. Information shared by the AARP bulletin shows that every year in the U.S., 700,000 emergency department visits and 120,000 hospitalizations are due to adverse drug events.

How Hospital Administrative Errors Can Kill

People are dying in the hospital--and not necessarily because of the illness or disease that brought them in. Earlier this year, The Washington Post reported medical errors as the third leading cause of death in the United States. Patient identification mix-ups are often to blame for these unfortunate errors.

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