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Attorney Discusses Importance of Fixing Dangerous Errors on Your Medical Records

Medical records hold data crucial to your health – your medical history, diagnoses, prescription medications, lab results, X-rays, date of patient’s visits, reported health complications, as well as progress notes. Additionally, they contain your family history and billing information.   If you’re not aware of what information is in your medical record, it’s important that you look into...

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How Often Is Cancer Misdiagnosed in Idaho? An Attorney Discusses

Studies by the National Coalition on Health Care estimate that cancer misdiagnoses are made anywhere from 15 percent to 28 percent of the time. That’s a lot of patients sent down the wrong path, considering that 1.7 million people are expected to receive a cancer diagnosis this year. Lymphomas are cancers with the highest rate...

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When Medical Errors Happen In Emergency Rooms – An Attorney Explains

Usually we find out the hard way. After we – or a loved one – has been wheeled into the emergency department. There is the ambulance ride. The frantic blur of nurses and a doctor and the support staff reacting with great urgency. Something hurts, or won’t stop bleeding.   It is only later when things don’t add up...

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Lack Of Oversight At Surgery Centers Puts Patients At Risk

The surgery center industry is growing faster than the laws that govern it. While hospitals across the nation have strict regulations that ensure detailed reporting of patient complications, such as injuries and deaths, there are few nationwide standards for surgery centers. Those that do exist do not ensure accurate reporting. Worst of all, this situation is costing human lives.  A Medical Disaster...

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Idaho OB-GYN Malpractice Part of a National Problem

Doctors who work in obstetrics and gynecology – OB-GYN – are among the most highly trained in the medical profession. They are responsible for female patients during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum, as well as for their general reproductive health. Yet OB-GYNs (along with neurosurgeons) are among the most commonly sued for medical malpractice in Idaho...

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What You Should Know When Placing Trust in Your Doctor

Trust is the cornerstone of a doctor-patient relationship, with researchers concluding in the journal Health Affairs that two-thirds of those with high trust levels were more likely to follow treatment plans, compared to less than a sixth who had low trust levels. But when is trusting your doctor bad for your health? A recent Idaho...

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Medication Mix-ups and Medical Malpractice in Idaho

A careless medical mistake can have a devastating impact on a patient's health. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports medication mistakes and harmful drug interactions result in more than 100,000 hospital admissions each year. Another 700,000 are treated in hospital emergency rooms. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration highlights a number of ways...

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How Nursing Shortages Endanger Idaho Patients

Nurses are consistently overworked and underpaid. They are subject to long hours and difficult working conditions. This not only makes nurses stressed and prone to patient care errors, but also causes turnover in the nursing industry. Far too many patients face dangerous working conditions that lead to preventable medical errors. It is important that doctor’s...

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Idaho Patients Can Be Endangered By Poor Designs in Electronic Record-keeping

Many healthcare providers now rely on electronic medical records to make their practices more efficient. While electronic record-keeping systems can reduce the time and expense associated with the administration of a healthcare practice, they can also expose patients to dangerous medical errors. Poorly designed programs make it especially difficult for providers to accurately access and...

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Protecting Idaho Patients From Medication Errors

Medication errors are alarmingly common in the United States. The Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives reports that adverse drug events impact more than seven million patients every year. About one-third of all patients in a hospital setting have at least one medication discrepancy at the time their medications are reviewed for discharge. Medication...

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