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May 2015 Archives

Misdiagnosis linked to improper antibiotic use

Connecticut residents may be interested in a study that was published on May 18 by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The study demonstrated how improper antibiotic use is frequently the result of a misdiagnosis. Researchers say that the use of antibiotics is inappropriate in almost half of the cases where antibiotics are prescribed. About 56 percent of hospital inpatients in the U.S. receive antibiotic therapies sometime during their treatment.

Meeting the burden of proof in medical malpractice cases

Plaintiffs in Connecticut medical malpractice lawsuits sometimes face difficulties in proving that their health care providers have been negligent. The possibility that a physician accused of negligence might be the one writing the medical records pertinent to the lawsuit poses one challenge. The common law doctrine known as res ipsa loquitur, however, supplies some plaintiffs with a means of shifting the burden of proof onto defendants if they can meet the requirements.

The importance of electronic medical records in malpractice cases

Connecticut residents have likely heard about medical malpractice lawsuits that resulted in substantial damages being awarded to the victims of doctor and hospital mistakes, but they may not be aware of how often these cases hinge on electronic medical records. Hospitals rely on EMRs to record the effectiveness of prescribed treatment plans and the opinions of physicians, but judges sometimes view this kind of electronic data with skepticism.

Technology to promote reporting of medical errors needed

In the health care industry, individuals are often reluctant to point out a mistake by a practitioner for fear of being labeled a snitch. However, such errors in Connecticut and across the country result in almost 200,000 deaths per year.

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