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Malpractice claims and the challenge of proving causation

Iowa residents are probably aware that filing a medical malpractice claim is not easy. There are requirements to be met, and there is almost always strong opposition from the other side. Before a case even gets to that stage, plaintiffs may find trouble proving causation.

How improving time outs may prevent wrong-site surgery

Every week, there are anywhere between 40 and 60 wrong-site surgeries that are performed in Iowa and the rest of the U.S. The most frequent wrong-site surgeries are orthopedic, dental and spinal surgeries. Overall, the most common type of WSS is a laterality surgery, i.e. surgery on a right or left extremity or organ.

Migraines can be mistaken for other conditions

Individuals in Iowa and throughout the country may feel a variety of symptoms that are the result of a migraine headache. However, since migraines can mimic the symptoms of other conditions, it can be difficult for medical professionals to accurately diagnose them. It is also possible that someone who is actually experiencing a different medical condition has been diagnosed with a migraine. An accurate diagnosis is critical as it can lead to proper treatment in a timely manner.

Understanding commonly misdiagnosed skin conditions

When people in Iowa go to seek treatment for skin conditions, they often want to find relief from unpleasant or painful symptoms. In other cases, they may be concerned about a more serious problem like skin cancer. Others might not recognize the cause of their skin issues and could dismiss them out of hand if they see only a small blemish, rash or pink spot. While misdiagnoses by the patient are to be expected, it can be even more troublesome when physicians also do not understand common skin conditions.

Medication errors linked to issues with electronic health records

Watching clinicians enter information into electronic health records has become a familiar sight to patients in Iowa. Although substantial effort has gone into designing the user interfaces for these electronic records, including input from health care professionals, a new study concluded that usability issues contributed to medication errors and other mistakes.

Doctors and nurses have differing opinions on OR hours caps

Doctors and nurses in Iowa and the rest of the United States generally agree on the need to provide optimal patient care. However, these professionals don't exactly see eye to eye when it comes to the possibility of capping operating room hours. This is the main takeaway from the results of a poll that was conducted by an online medical information website that included questions addressing this topic. Nearly 60 percent of the physicians surveyed agreed that surgeon hours should be limited while just under 90 percent of nurses and advanced practice nurses felt this way.

Study shows pediatric brain cancer often misdiagnosed

Pediatric brain cancer can be a terrifying diagnosis for anyone in Iowa. However, what could be even more disturbing is the likelihood of misdiagnosis for certain kinds of brain tumors in children. According to one study, kids with rare tumors have frequently received incorrect diagnoses. As a result, some patients may receive the wrong treatment and get ineffective medical action.

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