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How common is wrong-site surgery?

You may, like most people in Iowa, believe that a surgeon would never operate on the wrong area of the body, but it is more common than you might think. Becker’s Healthcare states that doctors in the United States perform up to 50 wrong-site surgeries every week. This unsettling number can be due to many factors, including distractions, verification and booking errors, and a lack of consistency with site marking, but seems to be more common in certain specialties.

Radiology errors threaten patient wellbeing

A new study conducted by the Hospital for Special Surgery casts doubt on one of the cornerstones of modern healthcare. The study involved an analysis of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results gathered from a number of different facilities. The same patient was sent to 10 facilities to have an MRI done on her lower back. The results of these MRIs varied widely.

Signs of a brain injury

Damage to the brain is one of the most serious injuries a person can face. Since the brain is so delicate and yet vital to the function of the entire body, trauma to it may result in life-long consequences. Unfortunately, sometimes doctors who operate on or near the brain make mistakes that may cause damage. Therefore, it is extremely important for patients in Iowa and their loved ones to recognize the signs of brain injury and report them immediately.

Cancer: not an uncommon misdiagnosis

Cancer is one of the most feared diagnoses a doctor in Iowa or any other state can give. ABC News reports that around 1.3 million people are found to have this deadly disease each year. While research is being done on the causes and cures for cancer, new studies are starting to emerge which detail a different side of the problem: misdiagnosis.

Messy handwriting leads to medication errors

To people in Iowa, it is fun to joke about how doctors have messy handwriting, to people who have experienced a medication error, messy handwriting is not something to laugh about. According to Time, about 7,000 deaths every year are a result of medical errors caused by messy handwriting, with another 1.5 million people suffering injuries because of the same errors. Issues usually result because dosage amounts and directions cannot be read, or medication names are incoherent. Obviously, a patient receiving the wrong dosage or wrong medication can have catastrophic results.

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