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October 2015 Archives

Colon cancer symptoms are easily mistaken for hemorrhoids

New Mexico residents are likely aware that many medical conditions can become extremely serious and even life-threatening when they are not diagnosed in a timely manner. Potentially serious ailments often go undiagnosed because sufferers delay seeking medical attention, but doctors sometimes either miss dangerous conditions completely during physical examinations or mistake them for more benign ailments.

Harvard study finds frequent medication errors during surgery

New Mexico residents may be surprised to learn that medication errors occurred in almost half of the surgeries studied by a group of Harvard researchers. The results are even more concerning because the errors were made during surgical procedures performed at Massachusetts General Hospital, which is considered one of the best medical facilities in the country. The renowned hospital ordered the study to identify problem areas and improve patient care.

Establishing duty of care essential to malpractice lawsuits

When New Mexico patients who have been harmed in a health care setting want to sue for malpractice, they must first prove that the facility or provider owed them a duty of care. A patient's medical records typically provide this information by showing that the person engaged a treatment facility for care. Other pertinent details like symptoms, a diagnosis and treatments could appear on the records and show who made decisions and who performed services.

New Mexico orthopedic surgery complication claims

According to the results of a study done by a leading medical malpractice insurance company, 46 percent of orthopedic surgery medical malpractice claims are related to improper surgical performance, and 16 percent of claims are for improper patient management following a procedure.

Male physicians have higher odds of malpractice claims

Male and female physicians in New Mexico may find the results of a BMC Medicine study startling. The researchers analyzed 32 reports about medical malpractice, and they discovered that legal complaints and lawsuits named male physicians as defendants 2.5 times more often than female physicians.

Early diagnosis of breast cancer is vital

According to a study involving almost 174,000 women in the Netherlands, the stage at which breast cancer is detected significantly affects how long the women will survive following diagnosis and treatment. Women in New Mexico might be surprised that these results are contrary to a view in the media that there is little value in early breast cancer diagnosis because of modern oncology.

Bicycle helmets reduce brain trauma in accidents

According to a new University of Arizona study, bicycle riders in New Mexico and across the U.S. reduce their odds of a severe traumatic brain injury by 58 percent when they wear a helmet. The research was presented at the 2015 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons on Oct. 8.

Research being conducted on brain injuries

Accident victims in New Mexico may be affected by recent research conducted on the nature of brain injuries. Biomedical engineers from Columbia University are now attempting to change many of the common misconceptions held about the brain. Rather than describing the brain as an object that rattles around inside a vessel, one professor likened it to gelatin, warping in shape as the container reforms. According to these professionals, traumatic brain injuries are typically difficult to diagnose because the cells may die off long before the actual tissue is destroyed.

Doctor error victims may have to sue care facilities

New Mexico patients who have been the victims of medical malpractice may be interested to know that in September 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court made a ruling that could establish an important precedent. The court decided that doctors who aren't covered by malpractice insurance ought to be punished by the medical boards in their state instead of by courts. The ruling held that victims could bring legal action against medical facilities that couldn't prove they tried to verify their doctors had insurance coverage or credit lines, but they could not successfully recover damages on the basis that the doctor was uninsured.

CDC guidelines to reduce opioid overdose may cause malpractice

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has drafted proposed guidelines for prescribing opioids to prevent addiction and overdoses. However, this could have a troubling impact on doctors in New Mexico and across the rest of the country, because some medical professionals believe that the guidelines make prescriptions a priority over patient treatment, which could lead to medical malpractice.