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August 2017 Archives

Female patients more likely to be misdiagnosed

Many Connecticut patients are aware that medical errors can result in serious complications. Some may even be aware that almost all patients will experience at least one diagnostic error during their lives. While the numbers are already high, female patients actually have a higher chance of receiving incorrect diagnoses, particularly when it comes to heart attacks, strokes and autoimmune diseases. There are several reasons for this.

Damage caps for medical malpractice victims

Connecticut residents might like to know about the changes taking place in several states concerning medical malpractice laws. While only a few states like Washington, Florida and Illinois have decided against caps on noneconomic medical malpractice damages, other states could follow.

Squamous cell carcinoma diagnosed in more young people

Connecticut residents may be concerned to learn that squamous cell carcinoma is becoming more common in younger people. While this type of skin cancer most frequently affects people over 50, doctors are seeing more and more people in their 20s and 30s present with the disease. This is especially true of women under the age of 40.

Managing urea cycle disorder

For Connecticut patients afflicted by a urea cycle disorder, vigilant monitoring of dietary protein is necessary to avoid a dangerous build up of ammonia in the bloodstream. Ideally, a team of medical specialists will support the patient in efforts to control the disorder. A patient could benefit from a team comprised of a geneticist, metabolic dietician, nurse practitioner and neuropsychologist knowledgeable about urea cycle disorders.

Common dosage errors happen by factors of 10

Some Connecticut patients may have been prescribed drugs at some time that were available in doses that differed by a factor of 10. The problem with these kinds of dosages is that it can be easy to make errors. For example, in a number of cases, patients who were supposed to get 2 mg of Abilify received 20 mg instead. One child took 68 doses that were 10 times higher than prescribed before the error was discovered and suffered side effects including frequent crying and depression. A patient who was prescribed 10 mg of doxepin was instead given 100 mg and suffered drowsiness and fatigue as a result.

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