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How accurate are medical test results?

When you go to a doctor, you expect that they will do everything to discover what is wrong with you. You put your trust in their expertise and abilities to heal you. However, doctors alone cannot diagnose many conditions. You may also need to get testing done at an Indiana medical facility. When it comes to medical tests, you may be alarmed to hear that many of them suffer from accuracy issues.

Highlighting retained surgical instrument cases

Almost everyone in Indianapolis has likely heard horror stories about people who have underwent surgery later discovering that instruments doctors used in their procedures ended up getting left in their bodies. While some may have a hard time believing such tales, statistics show that not only do such accidents happen, but also that they may be more common than most would think. Information shared by the Joint Commission shows that between 2005-2012, it received reports of 772 cases of retained surgical instruments. Such errors often cause problems in patients much greater than those they originally sought surgical treatment for. 

The dangers of false positive test results

When a patient sees a doctor in Indiana, he or she has a reasonable expectation that the doctor will not make an errors. However, when it comes to medical tests, more people than just the doctor are involved. This increases the chances a mistake will be made. In fact, false positive results are quite common, according to MedScape.

3 ways nurses can avoid mistakes

Nurses are often the first and last health care professionals many patients in Indiana interact with when they are in hospitals and medical clinics. Many of them are so overworked that mistakes are a common occurrence. Nursing errors often lead to long-term pain, poor health, suffering, death and heartache for patients and their families. 

What are some examples of surgical errors?

From birth injuries that never should have occurred to mistakes involving the prescription of medication, there are many examples of medical malpractice. However, those which involve a surgical error can be especially devastating in Indianapolis, and in other cities across Indiana. When these mistakes occur, they can generate a wide variety of problems for patients and even their loved ones, from severe physical pain to mental trauma, financial turmoil and even the loss of life.

Using patient education to avoid medication errors

Every day, hundreds of Indiana medical patients rely on professionally trained doctors to provide treatments for a variety of conditions and symptoms. Many of these people trust the opinions, education and suggestions of medical professionals especially when recommendations for medications are made.

How is a brain injury diagnosed?

If you suffer from a head injury, it may have caused a brain injury. It is not easy for doctors in Indiana to diagnose this type of injury because of the complexity of the brain and the limitations of testing and diagnostic equipment. If you have an accident and a brain injury is suspected, you are likely to go through many different types of tests.

Suggestions for deciding on a reputable nursing home

For many Indiana families, making the decision to send their loved one to a nursing home is accompanied by feelings of worry, anxiety and stress. Often, these emotions are related to the process of finding a reputable nursing home that is capable of providing the type of compassionate care that every human deserves.