Montana residents rely on their doctors to accurately diagnose their medical conditions and prescribe appropriate treatments, and they may pursue civil remedies by filing medical malpractice lawsuits when they are harmed due to the negligent behavior of their health care providers. One such case was resolved earlier in 2017 when a jury in Missouri awarded almost $29 million in damages to a woman who had been left permanently disabled because of a misdiagnosis.
With the fact that about 12 million people across the country experience diagnostic mistakes in outpatient care annually, according to the journal BMJ Quality & Safety, Montana patients who want a second medical opinion may enjoy telehealth and telemedicine services. This is a convenient way to communicate with physicians and has become increasingly popular.
Although in most cases it is not possible to sue the federal government, Montana patients who have been harmed by the negligence of an employee at a federally-funded medical facility may do so. This medical malpractice exception is contained in the Federal Tort Claims Act, although it is still not possible to collect punitive damages from the government.
Health care providers in Montana might have difficulty identifying sepsis in patients because its early symptoms are similar to other types of nonbacterial inflammation. Sepsis is a serious infection that can damage tissue and organs and cause death. Physicians and other health care staff should possess clear knowledge about the signs of sepsis so that potentially life-saving treatments can be initiated as soon as possible.
Busy emergency room doctors in Montana hospitals do not always have time to perform thorough patient evaluations, and they often rely on blood tests to diagnose acute kidney injuries. A large number of critically ill patients around the country are diagnosed with such an injury, but a study published by researchers from Columbia University suggests that many of these diagnoses could be inaccurate.
Montana residents who have been affected by cancer may know that the late diagnosis of the disease results in the suffering and early deaths of its victims. According to the World Health Organization, in order to prevent these outcomes, the push to have cancer detected early must be intensified.
Montana residents may be interested to learn that cervical cancer is a bigger problem than had been previously thought. Researchers conducted a study on cervical cancer death rates that they say has more accurate figures than prior studies. The difference is that this study did not include data for women who had undergone hysterectomies.
Registered nurses may be better prepared than licensed practical nurses to perform medication reconciliation in nursing homes, according to a 2015 study. The findings could help improve nursing home patient safety in Montana and nationwide.
Even though Doctors go through extensive training and education, we are all human and make mistakes. According to the U.S. Department of Health Patient Safety Network a serious error, or “never event,” can include wrong-site surgery, medication mistakes and post-surgery missteps.
Montana residents who find themselves receiving non-surgical medical care in a hospital may wish to breathe a sigh of relief if a woman is assigned to be their primary care physician. Researchers from Harvard University studied 1.5 million such cases involving Medicare patients aged 65 or older, and they discovered that patients who were treated by men died more often and were more likely to be readmitted within a month of their release. The study was published online in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Dec. 19.