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October 2015 Archives

Hemorrhoids and colon cancer share the same symptoms

Ohio patients may not know that the signs and symptoms of colon cancer can often be similar to a bad case of hemorrhoids. While hemorrhoids are not a serious issue and can actually be treated at home, colon cancer is a leading cause of death, according to the American cancer Society. As such, patients who have irregular or unusual bowel movements should talk to their doctor.

Reducing complications in surgery patients

Of all the reasons people file orthopedic surgery medical malpractice claims, a study conducted by The Doctors Company found that the main reason is surgical mistakes. This accounted for 46 percent of claims. Another 13 percent were related to diagnoses while 16 percent concerned improper patient management. There are steps hospitals and physicians in Ohio and other states can take to provide better care to patients and likely reduce the possibility of complications and lawsuits.

Early detection for breast cancer is important

In the last few years, the importance of early screening for breast cancer has been called into question. This is partially due to a retrospective study from a few years ago that indicated improved outcomes are attributable to better treatment instead of earlier detection. However, a new study shows that early identification is probably very important for women in Ohio and elsewhere.

New handbook for surgeons could make surgery safer

It has been estimated that as many as 12 percent of patients have adverse events in hospitals, and about 50 percent are surgery-related incidents. Ohio patients should know that an adverse event could involve preventable infection, wrong-site surgery, drug mistakes, instruments or swabs left in the body, and it could prove fatal. Non-technical facets such as poor teamwork or cognitive error are frequently the cause of these events.