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How is physician burnout linked to medical errors?

While many Washington residents may think medical errors are the result of medical professionals making errors in diagnoses or performing surgeries on the wrong site, there is another, less addressed factor that also contributes to mistakes-physician burnout. Physician burnout can be categorized by cynicism and exhaustion and is linked to mistakes in the medical field, even though the exact relationship between errors, burnout and safety practices is unknown.

Is cancer misdiagnosis common in children?

According to a new study, traditional methods of diagnosing certain cancers are seriously problematic. Due to this, children are getting the wrong diagnosis and, therefore, incorrect treatment. According to one of the researchers, pediatric tumors can look the same under microscopes, even though they have different biologies and require different treatments.

Help is available for victims of medical malpractice

Physicians in Washington may take the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. Unfortunately, some physicians fail to live up to that maxim and they make mistakes that harm patients. They may give a patient the wrong medication, misdiagnose a condition, perform unnecessary surgery or fail to diagnose a condition. When these acts of medical malpractice happen, patients should know that they have options.

When might medical professionals in Washington make errors?

Many people in Washington may notice that they feel drowsy in the mid-afternoon, even if they have gotten a good night's sleep. While this might affect the productivity of an office worker, it can be downright dangerous in other professions. For example, drowsiness on the part of doctors and nurses could lead to medical mistakes that harm patients.

Orthopedic surgeons are often sued for medical malpractice

It is not uncommon for a person in Washington to undergo orthopedic surgery. They may have injured a knee playing a sport, they may have fallen and broken a hip, or they may have suffered a spinal injury in a car crash. No matter how the injury came about, most people expect that after their operation, they will be able to heal and ultimately resume their normal activities. Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong during surgery that prevent this from happening.

What are the elements of a medical malpractice claim?

When a person in Washington is sick or injured, it can be a very distressing time. From the initial diagnosis to treatment to after care, people expect their physicians and other medical professionals to perform their jobs competently. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, and sometimes a person is misdiagnosed or receives the wrong treatment. This can cause a patient significant harm, prolonging their illness or making their illness or injury worse. When this happens, a person may want to learn more about pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

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