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Have you been diagnosed with asthma? It might not be

It may be a shock to be diagnosed with a chronic breathing condition like asthma. Asthma has long-term implications; it's not something you can recover from. Yes, it's controllable for most people, but it's still a condition with the potential to cause life-threatening conditions in minutes.

The interesting thing about asthma is how often it is diagnosed incorrectly. In fact, it's believed that around one in three adults who believe they have asthma actually suffer from other conditions. Getting a diagnosis is important, but using the right tools is vital.

A misdiagnosis: More common than you may believe

When you first felt you were ill, you went to the doctor immediately. It was weeks of the same symptoms with no relief, but the doctor didn't suspect anything unusual.

Three or four weeks later, you decided to go to someone new. That doctor immediately diagnosed you with a life-altering condition, and it is in an advanced stage. The delay could end up costing you your life.

Recovering compensation after a pulmonary embolism

A pulmonary embolism is one of the most dangerous conditions to develop in the human body. They're difficult to diagnose, and they're likely to become life-threatening without treatment.

As a patient who has suffered as a result of misdiagnosis, you may want to know more about this condition. Here is what you should understand about a pulmonary embolism.

Doctors admit to errors, show why mistakes are simple to make

If you lose a loved one or are hurt as a result of a doctor's errors, you want to do everything in your power to make the situation right. In most cases, hospitals and doctors do feel the same way, but they also have to protect their interests. Because of that, it's normal to see patients fighting for compensation through medical malpractice lawsuits or private settlements with the hospital.

Doctors sometimes admit to mistakes they've made that caused fatalities. The stories of what could go wrong are important, because they suggest what people can do to help prevent such serious accidents in the future.

How can patients help doctors make a good diagnosis?

There are many misconceptions about the medical field, but one that hurts doctors the most is that they are perfect. The reality is that doctors are human and do make errors. When doctors make mistakes, many times they don't affect their patients. When they make errors, it's possible that patients could be left with serious injuries or pass away.

Even though doctors are expected to be perfect, it's a reality that they aren't. Because of that, it's possible to hold them accountable for their mistakes and to obtain compensation or further treatments for any errors they made.

How long can patients stay in outpatient surgical centers?

As someone who has had surgery in the past, you may recall feeling that you were discharged very quickly. You wanted to know that you were safe and healing before you were discharged, but it seemed that the staff had no desire other than to see you head home soon.

Now, there is a new bill in Oregon that could mean that recovery rooms would hold patients longer for their safety. Two surgery centers located in Bend, Oregon, are looking into building additional extended-stay facilities, where patients could stay up to two days. Right now, ambulatory surgery centers have no choice but to discharge their patients if they've been at the facility for 24 hours. If they're not ready to return home, then the patients have to be transferred to a local hospital.

Patients deserve to know if their test results are unusual

Failing to contact a patient who needs ongoing treatment or who needs to begin treatment can be the first failure in a series that leads to the patient's illness progressing and potentially leading to death. Take, for example, cases like one involving a young woman who had heavy bleeding. An obstetrics and gynecology professional spoke with her and performed tests. She was given a blood transfusion and even had to receive an injection to slow and stop the bleeding. She was discharged.

The following day, it was discovered based on her swab that she had contracted chlamydia. It's treatable, but the patient didn't get care quickly. Instead, the nurse charged with contacting her attempted to call several times without getting through to the patient. The patient came to a prescheduled ultrasound, but the tech did not realize that her test results were abnormal, again allowing her to leave without needed antibiotics. Twenty-six days following the initial visit to the emergency room, the woman finally received antibiotics but had already developed a deep infection because of a delay in treatment.

Risky procedures for those over 50 put your life at risk

There are many medical procedures that are dangerous for patients of any age, but there are several that have an increased risk if you're over the age of 50. It's important for medical providers to discuss with you the increased risk of these procedures. If they don't and you end up with injuries, you could have a case for negligence or other related issues.

One of the things that becomes more dangerous as you get older is the risk of radiation. Radiation takes time to leave your body and does increase your risk of cancer. It's only a small amount each time you receive an X-ray or imaging service, but it does add up.

3 kinds of medical errors put you at risk

Doctors sometimes make medical errors that threaten the lives of their patients or put them in harm's way. While errors don't always leave a lasting impact, it's very important for doctors to recognize how a single error could change the course of a patient's life.

There are three main types of errors that doctors usually make. They include surgical errors, medication errors and diagnostic errors. Here is a little more about each.

Elopement: When patients flee in poor mental states

Imagine taking someone you love to the hospital. She wasn't acting normal when you saw her, so you rushed her there. She had been acting like she didn't know who you were and was confused about where she was. You thought she must be ill.

At the hospital, the doctors discover that your loved one has an illness that has affected her memories temporarily. After proper hydration and rest, they think the illness will resolve within a few days. The problem arises later when you go to check on her. She's nowhere to be found.

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