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How some medication errors happen

Arizona patients who are prescribed medications that have a larger dose available in a multiple of 10 might be in more danger of being given the wrong dosage than people whose medications do not come in factors of 10. According to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, there have been a number of reports of medication errors of this nature.

Safety program succeeds at limiting anesthesia errors

Medication mistakes can have dire consequences for patients and result in medical malpractice judgments against physicians and hospitals. However, a clinical program designed to reduce the risk of medication and anesthesia errors may mean good news for both medical administrators and hospitalized patients in Arizona. A study presented at the Postgraduate Assembly on Anesthesiology used a retrospective look at medication errors before and after the implementation of the program for perioperative systems improvement.

Surgery for early-stage prostate cancer could be unnecessary

Many men in Arizona have to deal with the affects of prostate cancer every year. According to the American Cancer Society, it is the second-most common type of cancer diagnosed in men. For those people contemplating treatment, a study that tracked men with early-stage prostate cancer has yielded informative results. The researchers concluded that surgical treatment produced negligible benefits compared to patients who only watched the disease for problems.

Alzheimer's diagnosis is often wrong

Arizona doctors who are examining patients who present with symptoms of dementia could experience difficulty with making a definitive diagnosis. Patients with delusions and hallucinations complicate matters because those symptoms strongly suggest the presence of Parkinson's disease and other forms of dementia, but psychosis could also be part of Alzheimer's disease.

Ovarian cysts can pose misdiagnosis risk

Many women in Arizona suffer from ovarian cysts and other health concerns related to the female reproductive system. The ovaries are small, walnut-sized organs that are part of the female reproductive system. They store and release eggs (ova) during ovulation; this monthly egg release begins the monthly menstrual cycle.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever symptoms

Although 60 percent of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever cases occur in other areas of the country, Arizona residents who spend large amounts of time outdoors are at risk of suffering the disease. If this disease, which is caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsia, is not treated quickly, it can be potentially fatal.

Being misdiagnosed with Lyme disease

Arizona residents who were diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease should be aware that misdiagnoses of this condition are increasing. Some people who have been diagnosed with this disease may not actually have it, so their health is being compromised when doctors prescribe them expensive and often dangerous treatments.

Unnecessary testing for some breast cancer patients

Women in Arizona and throughout the country who are treated for early-stage asymptomatic breast cancer might be getting more tests than needed according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology The ASCO, in conjunction with the American Board of Internal Medicine, has recommended against routine surveillance tests for these types of breast cancer patients.

Improperly administering blood thinners can cause deaths

Arizonans might think about hospitals as settings in which medical malpractice happens, but this type of negligence also frequently happens in nursing homes in the state. One of the types of medical errors that frequently occurs in nursing homes is the improper administration of blood thinners such as Coumadin to elderly patients.

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