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Is It Safe to Place Trust In Your Doctor?

Doctors and other medical staff are highly trained professionals who generally seek to provide the best possible care. They are also human. Sometimes, they make mistakes. This includes failing to properly communicate important information to other medical staff. The stakes are high in healthcare. And while there are many things medical professionals and hospitals can...

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One In Five Americans Face Medical Errors

In 1997, the National Patient Safety Foundation published a study on the frequency of medical errors that impacted patient care. This study has stood for 20 years, until researchers at the University of Chicago sought to update it. From May 12 to June 26, 2017, the researchers surveyed over 2,500 American adults to understand the...

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Overworked Medical Professionals Put Wichita Patients At Risk

We are in the midst of a significant nursing shortage that impacts the entire healthcare industry. Since nurses are functionally the backbone of the medical industry, doing a great deal of the paperwork and patient interaction needed, any problem that hurts their ability to safely do their job compromises the entire system. Shortages introduce problems...

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Faulty Medical Records Endanger Patients

One of the most important tools doctors use to keep their patients safe and healthy is accurate information. Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals take years of training and regularly update their studies to ensure they know the best answers to give and the best tools to use. The addition of electronic health records (EHRs)...

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Crowded Wichita Emergency Rooms Can Increase the Risk of Misdiagnosis

Diagnostic errors are a significant threat to patients, especially those in dire need of immediate medical attention. A patient seeking treatment must place great trust in a doctor’s ability to correctly diagnose an injury or illness. Yet medical facilities that are busy, understaffed, or otherwise chaotic can result in an increased likelihood of suffering from...

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Disability and Death Caused by a Misdiagnosis

Accurate diagnosis is the foundation of medical treatment. But, according to numerous studies, doctors get it wrong far too often. Diagnoses that are missed, incorrect or delayed are believed to affect 10 to 20 percent of cases, far exceeding drug errors and surgery on the wrong patient or body part, both of which have received considerably more...

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Built-In Food Ordering App Could Increase Distracted Driving

Technology continues to make headway in the automobile market as infotainment systems and other conveniences become inherent in today's dashboards. A recent development found in many 2017 and 2018 vehicles allows motorists to order food or browse hotel deals from a screen built into their infotainment system. The new WiFi-equipped app, called Marketplace, was recently developed by...

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Heart Surgery Results Better in Afternoon

New research suggests that the time of day actually impacts the long-term effects of surgery. A team of researchers led by David Montaigne of University of Lille-France studied the way patients recovered after complex heart surgery and the effect human circadian rhythms had on their health. Their results were published in October in The Lancet....

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Technology Can Prevent 63,000 Truck Accidents Per Year

Modern Technology Can Prevent 63,000 Truck Accidents Per Year The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has examined four forms of technology available to help increase road safety. In line with this research, they also collected data on how other drivers viewed large trucks, and found that 61% of adults driving in America feel less safe...

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