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Diagnostic focus, Part 2: breast biopsy concerns, considerations

Saying it is "a call to action for pathologists and breast cancer specialists," medical commentators are referring to an "important" study spotlighting breast biopsy follow-up recommendations.

What they are prominently noting from that effort is this: There is such a marked variance in the results reached by pathologists interpreting biopsies that many women advised to seek treatment for detected irregularities should defer from immediately doing so. Instead, they should seek a second opinion.

Diagnostic focus: breast biopsy concerns and considerations

Practice saying this: "I'd like to get a second opinion."

And follow through on that, absolutely, if you're a woman in Ohio or elsewhere who has just received news that a biopsy you underwent following a breast exam or mammogram screening contained abnormal findings that will now necessitate medical treatment.

ECRI contaminated endoscope report: tips, best practices, Part 2

The ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization focused upon patient health and medical safety improvements in the United States, is well aware of and strongly centered on recent developments surrounding contaminated endoscopes. Those scopes -- duodenoscopes -- are used to diagnose and treat digestive orders.

As we noted in our immediately preceding blog post (please see our March 16 entry), ECRI recently released a best-practices document addressing tainted scopes and CRE bacterial infections that it hopes hospitals across the country will immediately study. That document's summary section makes reference to "the best approaches to address this problem," which the organization states its medical research team of doctors, infectious disease experts, medical engineers and additional researchers have been intensely focused upon for several years.

What will it take to finally reduce medical malpractice?

We recently wrote about the damage that patients can suffer when medical professionals performing abdominal surgery cause gastrointestinal perforations.

Since a person's abdominal area is home to so many important organs, one careless move can result in a patient's gallbladder, rectum, large bowel, small intestine, stomach or esophagus being punctured.

Tainted scope hazard report: tips, best practices

Here's some advice if you're an Ohio resident with a known digestive-tract disorder who has been informed that your condition should be thoroughly diagnosed and possibly treated through a procedure using a special endoscope inserted into your throat. Such scopes are formally called duodenoscopes.

That advice: First, query of the hospital at which you contemplate receiving treatment how many duodenoscopes it has on hand. If many, gain some measured confidence. If few, begin to frown.

Study: Wide discrepancies in survival rates for high-risk surgeries

While the prospect of major surgery is rather unnerving, many people are able to find some modicum of comfort in their belief that the hospital where they are slated to undergo the procedure is both safe and reputable.

According to the results of a recently released study, however, prospective surgical patients may want to rely a little bit more on hard research than their personal belief, as they may discover they would be better off at the hospital across town.

Rx automatic refilling: Is the vial half full or half empty?

As a patient, you reasonably expect that all aspects of the medical care you receive will be marked by professionalism and competence.

Those expectations are of course central in every realm of care delivery, ranging from your initial examination and diagnostic testing that may be ordered to a doctor's subsequent evaluation and treatment recommendations for a diagnosed illness or disease.

Commentary: DOD needs to rethink its online health record plans

Given that Ohio is home to a large number of active-duty servicemembers, reservists and retired military veterans (along with dependents), the following story certainly commands relevance and interest within the state.

It pertains to electronic health records (EHRs), which, as we have noted in prior select posts, have suffered substantial growing pains over a number of years now as they steadily supplant paper charts and records in the nation's hospitals. Our January 20 blog entry cites broad-based medical errors that owe to both doctors' frustrations in working with consumer-unfriendly software programs and to "evolving technology that still contains glitches."

Abdominal surgery errors can lead to gastrointestinal perforations

When medical professionals are performing an abdominal surgery, it is vital that they keep their conduct within the proper standard of care. A person's abdomen contains many important body systems, including the gastrointestinal system. The stakes can be very high when a medical professional is operating on or around such systems. When a medical professional makes a careless mistake during an abdominal surgery, it could have some very negative effects on the patient. One thing medical negligence during such a surgery sometimes results in is a patient suffering a gastrointestinal perforation.

When the wall of a person's gallbladder, rectum, large bowel, small intestine, stomach or esophagus gets a hole in it, this hole is called a gastrointestinal perforation. Such perforations can cause significant problems for a person, particularly if they aren't caught quickly.

Victims of misdiagnoses: know your rights

The field of medicine has seen incredible advancements in terms of technology and treatments. Unfortunately, despite these advancements and the strides being made in research, illnesses like cancer are still incredibly prevalent and difficult or impossible to treat.

However, it is generally known that early diagnosis of cancer gives patients the best chance at finding effective treatments. This is why it is so critical that doctors and physicians are careful when it comes to assessing patients who may have cancer, ordering tests and analyzing the results. An accurate, timely diagnosis can be the difference between recovery and catastrophe.