In busy hospitals human mistakes can result in serious consequences. One common mistake is a medication error where either a nurse or pharmacist incorrectly prescribes or fills a prescription. This can happen easily with medication that have similar sounding names such as Celebrex and Cerebyx, or in a noisy fast paced environment a medication may be entered in the wrong patients chart.
Patients will soon be able go online to look up information on Illinois doctors, including judgments and settlements in medical malpractice lawsuits, because Gov. Pat Quinn signed the "Patient Right to Know Act" on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. The law reinstates a "popular web-based tool," which was available in Illinois for roughly two years. But after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down a medical malpractice reform law in its entirety, the state was forced to halt the feature, which included a physician-profile tool. The searchable database, which is expected to be up and running in roughly two months will include information on more than 46,000 doctors.
Dr. Saul Weiner was testing an underweight, elderly man for cancer, a typical cause of extreme weight loss in the elderly. When Dr. Weiner asked the man where lived and if he ate regularly, his evasive answers lead Dr. Weiner to realize the man did not have cancer, but was homeless and starving.
The earliest stage of breast cancer is called ductal carcinoma in situ, or D.C.I.S. Pathologists in the United States conduct hundreds of thousands of breast biopsies every year and mammography technology has advanced in the past 30 years. However, D.C.I.S. is difficult to diagnose and studies have shown that many pathologists have given incorrect diagnoses.