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Medical errors second only to heart disease and cancer in cause of death

Heart disease kills over 600,000 Americans each year, while cancer kills almost 600,000. What may be shocking to many Americans is that disease is not the next in line when it comes to causing death. Medical errors have recently become the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing over 250,000 Americans each year. This dangerous statistic shows that too many people are dying from the treatment they receive rather than the condition they are being treated for.

Wrong-site surgery errors 100 percent preventable

Going into the hospital for a surgery always poses a risk to your health, just because it is an invasive procedure. It is not expected that the health care team would make a mistake, but sadly, mistakes happen. The Joint Commission found wrong-site surgeries to be the third-highest ranking sentinel event, as reported in the "Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses,".

What you need to know about false positives on medical tests

Misdiagnosis is a serious problem that affects many patients across the country. The fact of the matter is: Just one misdiagnosis can have life-altering consequences. In talking about misdiagnosis, quite often the focus is on mistaking one condition for another - like cancer for a metabolic condition. However, wrongly identifying a condition - a false positive - can also very much negatively impact the patient, not only in terms of their finances and physical health, but also their mental health.

Suing for medical malpractice due to prescription drug errors

A common reason people sue for medical malpractice is due to prescription drug errors. This can be particularly frightening since we rely so heavily on a doctor's diagnosis and their treatment plan. Medications need to be thoughtfully prescribed, filled and administered; any harm to the patient resulting from a mistake in that process can become grounds for a lawsuit.

Breast Cancer Awareness And Misdiagnosis

When it comes to misdiagnosis, not all medical conditions are created equal. Some conditions are more likely to result in a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis than others. Among the most commonly misdiagnosed ailments are three forms of cancer: lung cancer, colorectal cancer and breast cancer. A study conducted at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology found that all three were among the five most commonly misdiagnosed conditions, joining heart attack and appendicitis. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so now is a perfect time to look at the steps women and their doctors can take to prevent a potentially life-threatening misdiagnosis.

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