Know the Signs of Sepsis—Failure to Recognize Sepsis can be Fatal

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In 2012, 12-year-old Rory Staunton accidentally cut his arm while diving for a ball during gym.  The teacher did not clean the cut, but applied two band aids and sent him on his way. That night Rory complained of leg pain and by morning had a fever of 104.  While his parents explained their worries … Continued

The Effect of Human Error on Biopsy Results 

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Accurate and timely biopsy results are extremely important for the health and well-being of a patient. For individuals with cancer, a correct result is key to starting life-saving treatments. For individuals without cancer, an inaccurate biopsy can mean costly and painful treatments that are completely unnecessary. It may also mean that a true condition goes untreated and potentially worsens. Unfortunately, … Continued

What Is Melanoma and How Is It Treated?

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Every day, an average of 24 Americans die from melanoma cancer, as reported by Melanoma.org. Among women 25-30, it is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths and the second leading cause for women between 30 and 35 years of age. While viable care options exist, timely diagnosis and treatment are crucial to the successful treatment … Continued

Will Getting a Second Opinion Lower My Chances of Misdiagnosis?

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For doctors, diagnosing a patient is not an exact science. They rely on their medical experience, patient symptoms, and best judgment to make a decision. Unfortunately, this leads to a high rate of misdiagnoses and, as a result, patient harm. In certain cases, obtaining a second opinion may reduce your risk of being wrongly diagnosed. … Continued

Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer

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Diagnosing breast cancer in a timely manner can quite literally mean the difference between life and death for many women. The five-year survival rate for a woman with Stage 0 or Stage I breast cancer is nearly 100%, yet by the time the cancer reaches Stage IV, the survival rates drop down to about 22%, … Continued

Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack

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Someone dies from a heart attack every 40 seconds in the United States, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). About 20% of cardiac events are characterized as “silent,” meaning the victim is unaware that the heart attack occurred, even though the body is dealing with the damaging effects. Though heart attack risks … Continued

Does Gender Bias Lead to More Misdiagnoses in Women?

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Medical research trials and treatments have historically been male-focused. When studying illnesses and treatments, medical schools and research studies use an archetypal patient, which is a 154-pound white male. However, this prototype can be significantly inaccurate in regard to the diagnosis and treatment of female patients. Over the last two decades, several significant studies have … Continued

Why Does Cancer Get Misdiagnosed?

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Although “cancer” is the last thing you want to hear after a visit to a doctor, you do want prompt and effective treatment for the disease if it is found. Getting an accurate and timely diagnosis means receiving the correct treatment for the right condition. Unfortunately, all too frequently, physicians fail to diagnose cancer, only … Continued

Death from Misdiagnosis of Treatable Diseases and Conditions

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A shocking 2016 study from Johns Hopkins reported that medical mistakes were the third leading cause of death in the United States. Researchers estimated that there are at least 251,454 deaths due to medical errors annually in the United States, though that number could be much higher since nursing home facility and home deaths were … Continued