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Can Lab Test Errors Cause a Medical Misdiagnosis?

Diagnostic errors are the most common medical mistake in the U.S. Doctors can fail to diagnose a patient, or they may provide a correct diagnosis after considerable time has passed. There is more than one reason why these mistakes occur by the thousands each year. Lab mistakes are one of many reasons why diagnostic errors can occur. Examples of lab test errors may include: Patient mix-ups: Patients with similar names may be confused by lab technicians. New Jersey’s Master Person Index was created, in part, to reduce these types of errors. Mishandling test samples: Lab samples could be contaminated or ruined if they are not stored or obtained correctly. Misinterpreting test results: Doctors and other health care specialists may misinterpret test results when making a diagnosis. Improperly performing imaging tests: Specialists can make mistakes while performing imaging tests. Errors made during an imaging test could lead to an incorrect diagnosis….
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Why Are Superbugs Dangerous for Hospital Patients?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are responsible for 99,000 deaths in the US each year. Some of these cases involve “superbugs.” Superbugs may refer to strains of bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics. As more antibiotics are used commercially and in healthcare settings, these strains of bacteria have adapted by developing a resistance. Strains that include MRSA, CRE and VRE can be found on hospital surfaces or commonly used medical devices. Infections can also spread between patients. Patients who develop superbug infections are more likely to die or suffer permanent complications. Medical professionals have a more difficult time treating these patients. Commonly used antibiotics may not work. For this reason, there are federal and institutional regulations that are designed to decrease instances of superbug infections. Can I Sue for a Healthcare-Acquired Infection? Healthcare-acquired infections, including those caused by superbugs, may be caused by…
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What Are Possible Examples of Nursing Home Malpractice?

Individuals with severe disabilities and the elderly rely on nursing homes to provide assistance for everyday activities. While nurses in these facilities provide a commendable service, there are cases where they harm patients. Possible acts of negligence committed nurses in these facilities may include: Medication errors: Nursing home patients typically require doses of prescription and over-the-counter medications. However, nurses can make mistakes while providing these drugs. Medication errors could include providing too high or too low of a dosage. A nurse may also provide the wrong type of medication. Lack of supervision: Some patients may have certain health conditions that warrant additional supervision and services. For example, if a patient is a fall risk, then certain precautions could be put in place to protect his or her safety. Other patients could have heart conditions that require around-the-clock monitoring. If patients are not supervised, they could be harmed. Failing to provide…
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