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The influence of patients on preventing prescription errors

When emphasis is focused on preventing medical errors in New York, many people discuss what doctors, nurses, staff members and other health care professionals can do to eliminate the risks of injuring a patient. However, people seeking medical care also uphold some responsibility to protect themselves by being well informed and prepared to advocate for their health and their safety. 

Can medical tests produce false results?

You put a lot of trust in your doctor and other medical providers when you go to them looking for answers to your health problems. Many times as part of the diagnosis process, you will undergo testing. You probably also place a lot of faith in these tests and that they will accurately assist with your diagnosis. However, you may find that this is not always the case when you get a medical test in New York.

What happens if breast cancer treatment is delayed?

If a New York doctor diagnosed you or a loved one with breast cancer, it is imperative that you begin treatment right away. Failure to begin treatment as soon after diagnosis as possible may result in an increased risk that the cancer will spread, which means a reduced survival rate. If your doctor delays your treatment for reasons that are out of your control, do not take the delay lightly.

Adverse event versus side effect

Many people often use the terms "adverse event" and "side effect" interchangeably but doing so can have grave consequences. In brief, an adverse event is an unintended pharmacologic effect that occurs when a New York health care provider administers a medication correctly. A side effect, on the other hand, is a secondary unwanted effect that occurs because of drug therapy. Because the brief explanation may cause more confusion than it alleviates, this post explores both adverse events and side effects more in-depth.

Why is your doctor unable to diagnose your condition?

There is little else as frustrating as going to visit your doctor in New York, only to leave your appointment with no diagnosis and no solution. Unfortunately, this issue is not uncommon as your symptoms may not fit a standard set of symptoms that your doctor may be looking for to identify a working treatment plan. So, it leaves the question, why was your doctor unable to make a conclusive decision about what you are experiencing?

Medication errors rise, FDA works to combat them

According to findings published by AARP, medication errors injure approximately 1.3 million people on an annual basis. The majority of those injured reside in New York and the United States. Researchers conducted the study over a 12-year period, between the years of 2000 and 2012. In that time span, the number of errors more than doubled, from 3,065 cases to 6,855 yearly. During the entire study period, researchers saw more than 67,000 errors and 414 deaths. Many of the errors were preventable. 

What is duty of care?

When you go to see a doctor in New York, you have the right to expect that doctor to take care of you properly. If he or she does not, it could impact your health. A great example is when a doctor misses the symptoms and signs that you have a condition and fails to diagnose it. The responsibility of your doctor to provide adequate care, according to The National Law Review, is duty of care.

Why do prescription errors happen in a pharmacy?

Medical malpractice in New York can be more than surgical errors and incorrect diagnoses, although both of those issues are very real problems. Prescription errors are another common mistake that while seemingly innocent by its name, can be extremely dangerous to you if you are given an incorrect prescription. Understanding why this type of error occurs is essential so you can better protect yourself from an avoidable mistake. 

The prevalence rate and common causes of prescription errors

Prescription errors are a common cause of medical malpractice lawsuits and are just as dangerous, if not more so, than physical harms. New York and other states allow victims of medication errors to pursue compensation against the liable party via a medical malpractice claim. However, to do so and to prevail in such a case, plaintiffs must prove that the doctor, pharmacist, nurse or another party was negligent in his or her dealings with the medication and that said negligence is what lead to the prescription error.

How can I choose the right urgent care center?

More and more patients in New York are opting for urgent care. These clinics are suited to injuries and conditions that require immediate care but aren’t life-threatening, such as cold/flu symptoms or minor sprains. While many urgent care centers go above and beyond when treating their patients, it’s still important to choose a clinic wisely to prevent serious issues, such as misdiagnosis, from occurring. EverydayHealth.com recommends asking the following questions when looking for a suitable urgent care center for you and your family.

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