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.
Pancreatic cancer is a growing cause of death and medical bills in Montana and throughout the U.S. An article in Cancer Research projects that pancreatic deaths will soon outpace breast cancer. This is leading to more research to improve and identify more effective treatments for different stages of diagnosis.
Montana patients who have undergone back surgery might have heard about Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, which refers to new or ongoing pain following spinal surgery. FBSS also applies to persistent pain in a person's arm or neck after neck surgery. The term does not necessarily imply that there were mistakes made during the procedure, however.
Montana women are often justifiably concerned about the possibility of breast cancer. While great strides of been made in breast cancer research and treatment, many women are still diagnosed with this condition and die or have to undergo costly and painful treatments.
Many Montana patients know that medical errors can cause serious complications. If this happens, they could potentially file a medical malpractice lawsuits against the doctor who caused the error. Many of these cases rely on expert witness testimony which is usually provided by colleagues. As one doctor admitted, this can be problematic.