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Misdiagnosis common in Parkinson's cases

When people in Kentucky experience trembling in their hands or shaking when they walk, they may jump to the conclusion that they have Parkinson's disease, the progressive neurological disorder. These symptoms are characteristic of Parkinson's, and family doctors may be likely to diagnose the disorder based on a description of these symptoms. However, without a neurologist's expert opinion, people could be facing an incorrect diagnosis. There are a number of other conditions whose symptoms can mimic those of Parkinson's, but the treatment required is significantly different.

Ovarian cancer is frequently misdiagnosed

Women in Kentucky may want to learn more about ovarian cancer, especially as its early signs are often misdiagnosed or confused with another illness. When the diagnosis of ovarian cancer is missed by a doctor, treatment can be delayed, and the disease may progress significantly. One reason why ovarian cancer is known for its significant death toll is that many women are diagnosed only after the cancer has already spread. Gynecologists say that ovarian cancer takes too many lives due to misdiagnosis and a lack of awareness about the disease's threat.

Medication errors can have serious consequences

When people in Kentucky take medications prescribed by their doctors, they expect to achieve improved health and reduced symptoms. However, medication errors can be serious and even deadly, and patients may not even realize that they are receiving an incorrect medication or the wrong dose. Many medication safety regulations and guidelines that exist currently do because risks are addressed after a significant incident has shown a vulnerability to these kinds of mistakes.

Patients can suffer from hindered doctor-nurse communication

While technology plays a more important role in the health care system than ever, humans are still involved in nearly every aspect of care. As a result, health care mistakes occur all of the time in Kentucky. Some of the most costly errors happen due to communication barriers between doctors and nurses at hospitals and other types of clinics. Around 14 percent of Medicare recipients say they've experienced medical errors while in the hospital.

Childbearing women could be at risk in the hospital

Women in Kentucky may have good reason to be concerned when they go to the hospital to give birth. While the rates of maternal injury and mortality have declined dramatically in most developed countries, the same is not true of the United States. In fact, the U.S. is the developed country with the highest rate of maternal deaths and injuries, and every year, 50,000 mothers are severely injured during childbirth while 700 lose their lives.

Strategies to help seniors take medicine correctly and on time

Kentucky residents of any age can forget things sometimes, but complex medication schedules might be especially challenging for senior citizens. They might need to take pills at different times of the day, and forgotten dosages could lead to medical emergencies. Among older people, as many as 41 percent of them have to take five or more prescription medications daily. A senior could benefit from the adoption of a pill organization strategy. A close relative or caretaker could help a senior set up a reminder system to prevent potentially dangerous mix ups.

Doctor fatigue and stress linked strongly to medical errors

Hospital doctors in Kentucky have a high chance of becoming burned out on the job. Unfortunately, this can affect their performance. A nationwide survey of 6,700 doctors found significant levels of burnout. The lead author of the study defined the traits of burnout as emotional exhaustion and cynicism caused by work stress. He said at any point in time, one-third to half of doctors experience the symptoms of burnout, which can reduce the quality of their medical judgments.

Why women often aren't heard by medical professionals

A woman who has heart disease is 50 percent more likely to receive an incorrect diagnosis even after having a heart attack. This isn't the only disparity between sexes when it comes to misdiagnoses. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why women in Kentucky and throughout the country have a hard time being diagnosed properly.

Diagnostic errors are the top reason for malpractice claims

Kentucky patients rely on their doctors to provide skilled medical care. But being human, doctors sometimes make mistakes. When it comes to medical malpractice claims, a report reveals that diagnostic errors are the number one cause. And the incidence of diagnostic errors remains high, though other types of medical malpractice claims have decreased, according to an author of the study.

Study suggests way to prevent cellulitis misdiagnoses

Anyone in Kentucky who has been diagnosed with cellulitis will want to know about a new study regarding the condition. Cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection, tends to be misdiagnosed as pseudocellulitis, which is another condition that superficially resembles cellulitis. Both cellulitis and pseudocellulitis cause the skin to become red and swollen in a similar way. However, cellulitis can lead to blood infections if left untreated, so misdiagnosis can be a serious issue.

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