Patients in Iowa who consent to routine surgery do not expect to wake up to find out that one of their kidneys has been removed unnecessarily. That is exactly what happened to a Florida woman who was having an anterior spinal fusion operation.
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.
Patients who seek medical treatment in Iowa healthcare facilities trust health industry workers to provide skilled and competent service in a safe and sanitary environment. Today, the health industry relies on technology as an important tool to provide patient care. Though human error is still a problem, a new report puts computer hackers at the top of the list of health tech hazards that need to be addressed.
For most people in Iowa, getting a prescription filled at a local pharmacy is a fairly routine act. However, a study referenced in a leading pharmaceutical journal suggests that dispensing mistakes could be responsible for just over 20 percent of medication errors than may adversely affect patients. While stats like this may be understandably alarming for anyone who makes frequent visits to a pharmacy, both pharmacists and patients can be proactive when it comes to minimizing errors with medication preparation and disbursement.
Some Iowa men with prostate cancer may undergo prostate-specific membrane antigen positron emission tomography imaging to determine whether the cancer has metastasized. While this is a popular test, a study that appeared in the September issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine cautions that it may misidentify benign tissue, leading to a misdiagnosis.
The widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) is one of several efforts meant to provide added protection for patients in Iowa and the rest of the country. Nevertheless, there are some possible safety risks associated with how medication is prescribed and handled that may not be on everybody's radar. With EHRs alone, it's estimated that nearly 70 wrong-patient errors occur per 100,000 medication orders. The number of hospitalized patients receiving orders intended for other patients is also surprisingly significant, affecting one out of every 37 patients.
Current medical procedures often separate patients in Iowa from surgical safety protocols. To help get patients more involved in the clinical steps prior to surgeries, a surgeon with 38 years of experience founded SafeStart Medical. The cloud-based system, which uses mobile applications, asks patients to review the administrative steps that create surgical plans.
While radiologists and pathologists are critical in the accurate diagnosis of cancer and other conditions, they are not always engaged by diagnostic teams in Iowa and other states. Coverys recently studied more than 10,000 of its medical professional liability claims, spanning the years 2013 to 2017 and all related to radiology, and it has come to some eye-opening conclusions.
While Iowa patients expect their doctors to have their best interests in mind, there are some doctors who do not listen to their patients or who do not provide appropriate service. Some patients who did not like the service that they received may turn to leaving negative reviews online. According to an investigation by USA Today, some doctors are fighting these negative patient reviews by filing lawsuits.
According to a study recently published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, more than half of all doctors in Iowa and across the U.S. suffer from burnout. This is a condition that many workers in high-stress environments develop, and it is characterized by physical fatigue, emotional exhaustion and depression. Burnout has a negative impact on doctor performance, often leading to medical mistakes.