Expecting mothers in Montana have every right to get excellent care when they go into the hospital to give birth. However, women across the United States are facing an ongoing increase in maternal death and injury in childbirth. This is in striking contradiction to the global trend in other developed countries. While the maternal mortality and injury rate has dropped significantly in most developed countries, it has continued to rise in the United States. Each year, around 50,000 mothers are injured during childbirth while another 700 lose their lives.
In Montana and around the world, 25 percent of all cases of cancer are attributed to breast cancer, which is the most common type of the disease among women. Due to the prevalence of breast cancer, significant scientific research has been dedicated to improving early detection of the disease. By discovering and treating breast cancer early on, survival rates can be substantially improved. The ongoing research has shown results as current survival rates have improved and are now high in comparison to other types of cancer.
As the death rate from cancer climbed in past years, the focus of the medical community was to limit deaths through increased treatment. However, in recent years the death rate from cancer in Montana and around the country has fallen. This has led researchers to wonder if cancer patients are now overtreated, which could lead to medical malpratice. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, they believe the answer to that question may be yes.
A new study has found that one in four optical patients in Montana and across the United States are misdiagnosed during their eye exams. Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, carried out the study and found that approximately 25 percent of patients who had age-related macular degeneration (AMD) were misdiagnosed by eye professionals.
Many Montana residents depend on mobile apps to make their lives easier, but a new study found that apps could also help them get better medical care. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose a severe illness like cancer can be a significant fear for patients visiting the doctor or going to the hospital in Montana and across the country. There can be serious consequences of an incorrect diagnosis or other doctor error, because people can receive incorrect and potentially harmful treatment while lacking much-needed treatment for their actual disorder. This can lead to a declining health condition or even the possibility of the disease becoming untreatable. This means that for health institutions concerned about both liability and patient care, reducing diagnostic errors is a priority.
Medical errors can have long-lasting and dangerous consequences for patients receiving treatment in Montana. In fact, medical mistakes remain one of the leading causes of death in the United States as over 250,000 people die each year due to such errors. This means that reducing the number and severity of mistakes is critical for patient health and safety.
Generally speaking, a woman's heart isn't any weaker than a man's. Therefore, they should have similar odds of surviving a heart attack given similar treatment. However, women are three times more likely to die from a heart attack within one year of having it than is a man. Women in Montana and around the country are often not given the same type of treatment that a man is given when experiencing this health issue.
Not every mistake by a Montana doctor or hospital qualifies as negligence. Ideally, when a patient experiences a negative outcome after treatment or surgery, the medical provider will acknowledge the problem and take action to reduce the harm. A medical provider who dodges questions about what went wrong, however, might justify the patient taking legal action.
People in Montana and throughout the country may be increasingly treated using robots during diagnosis and surgery, and researchers say that this will lead to more positive outcomes. One of those devices is a 3D-printed robot that researchers say can enter an MRI chamber and do biopsies for suspected breast cancer. In tests that involved taking biopsies from model breasts, the robotic system was accurate to a sub-millimeter degree. Currently, breast biopsies are done using a larger needle; they may require several attempts and are less efficient.