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March 2016 Archives

Medication errors and how to avoid them

In hospitals across the United States, an estimated 1 million medication mistakes occur each year that result in 7,000 fatalities. For these reasons, Connecticut patients and families of loved ones who are on prescription medications might consider what they can do to avoid these errors.

The responsibilities of a hospitalist

A Connecticut patient who is admitted to the hospital for an illness or injury is very likely to come in contact with a doctor called a 'hospitalist." This relatively new type of physician is a specialist in hospital medicine who works exclusively in a hospital setting. Doctors have only been able to obtain board certification in hospital medicine since 2009, and there were around 44,000 hospitalists practicing in U.S. facilities in 2014.

Study finds many hospital infusions are done erroneously

According to a study that has been published online, more than 50 percent of intravenous medication infusions done in hospitals are made in error. Although most of the errors pose little risk to patients, Connecticut residents might be interested in learning the cause of these mistakes.

Blood test may be answer to diagnosing active tuberculosis

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has noted that over 1.5 million patients worldwide die from tuberculosis every year, largely because no proper test exists to diagnose the disease when it is active. Connecticut doctors and patients alike might be happy to learn that researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a new blood test that could change this.

Heart disease may be misdiagnosed as anxiety

Connecticut women who suffer from anxiety may have similar symptoms to women with heart disease. In some cases, the two may be related, and doctors may miss a diagnosis of heart disease when anxiety is present. They may also attribute symptoms of heart disease to anxiety.

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