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Failure to Diagnose Archives

Highlighting the difficulty in tracking diagnostic error rates

Working professionals in Providence County likely face some form of evaluation system in their jobs, particularly in how they identify errors in their workflow. Most may assume that if their work is being scrutinized, so too is that of other professionals. For doctors, identifying errors is most applicable to diagnosing patients. Thus, many may think that doctors are evaluated based upon their diagnostic accuracy. Yet as shocking as it may seem, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a lack of standardized measurement strategies makes it difficult for researchers to include diagnostic accuracy among the quality measurements used to evaluate doctor performance.

Detailing the frequency of spinal injury misdiagnoses

When you think of spinal injuries, the first thought that comes to your mind is likely a traumatic accident that results in paralysis. Many in Providence County may share the same assumption, which may be the reason why many come to us here at DeLuca and Weizenbaum LTD surprised to have suffered spinal injuries that gradually set in over time. Your hope may rest on the ability of your doctor to recognize the symptoms of such an injury and get you treated before you suffer any neurological impairments. Unfortunately, that may not always happen.

Early discharges potentially affecting patient diagnoses

When patients seek care at a hospital in Providence County, they likely all share the assumption that they will not be sent home until the clinicians they see know what is wrong with them. However, that may not always be the case. Diagnosing a patient’s condition is typically a process rather than an event, with doctors often being asked to consider a number of factors before making a definitive diagnosis. Yet all of the information needed to make such a decision may not be available at the same that providers believe the patient is ready to be discharged. Indeed, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality cites “assessment and communication of problems that remain unresolved at the time of discharge” as among the most common reasons for hospital readmissions.

When STDs are mistaken for UTIs

Those in Providence County who may have a sexually transmitted disease may certainly want to know that. Unfortunately, as some of our clients here at DeLuca and Weizenbaum have had the misfortunate to find out, the potential of misdiagnosing an STD may be high. Many of the symptoms indicating the presence of an STD may be similar to other ailments. In men, these are often easier to differentiate. Yet if you are a woman, the question of whether or not you may have an STD may be harder to answer.

The potential for misdiagnosis of cervical spinal stenosis

Like most in Providence County, you likely accept the fact that certain aspects of your health may begin to deteriorate as you age. Yet that does not mean that you should be forced to live with daily pain and discomfort. Yet we at DeLuca and Weizenbaum LTD understand that the trouble with providers dismissing your pain as being age-related without investigating its cause lies in the potential for the underlying condition to worsen, taking an even greater toll on your quality of life.

Understanding the ED triage process

When you present to an emergency department in Providence County, you may feel, like everyone else, that you require immediate treatment. Yet we at DeLuca and Weizenbaum can attest to the fact that ED practitioners may error in determining which patients need to be seen first. However, there are recommended standards that, if followed properly, should discern whether your condition needs to be treated immediately.

Detailing Bayes’ Theorem

If you come to us here at DeLuca & Weizenbaum LTD after having been misdiagnosed by a doctor in Providence County, you may question how a professional educated to spot the signs of distress or disease in patients could make such a mistake. A closer look at the diagnostic process may help pinpoint where errors may have occurred.

Doctor sues his own hospital over patient misdiagnosis

For many in Providence County, the value placed on a second medical opinion may not be high due to the assumption that doctors may tend to support each other’s diagnoses no matter what. It should be remembered, however, that a doctor’s first responsibility is ensuring the well-being of his or her patients, not protecting a contemporary’s reputation. In fact, some patients may find other doctors to be among their strongest advocates in remedying any wrong done to them.

Understanding conditions that mimic the symptoms of others

It may be difficult for many in Providence County to understand how a trained medical professional can misdiagnose a patient. Yet as we at DeLuca and Weizenbaum LTD can attest to, the potential for human error can never be completely taken out of the patient-provider equation. One problem may be that there are a number of non-life threatening conditions out there that mimic much more serious problems.

What standards must radiologists follow to avoid a misdiagnosis?

When you visit your doctor in Providence, he or she should take the time to listen to whatever issues or symptoms you may be experiencing, and then come up with a preliminary diagnose based off of that information. However, in many cases, imaging studies may be required to either confirm or disprove his or her suspicions. An improper interpretation of your radiologic images could potentially lead your doctor to miss or misdiagnose your problem. If and when that happens, who is then responsible for the error: your doctor or the radiologist?

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