Fewer hospital errors save 50,000 lives
U.S. hospitals made 17 percent fewer medical errors in 2013 than in 2010 and that may saved the lives of as many as 50,000 people, according to a new government report.
The medical records that were analyzed also showed a 9 percent decline in the rate of hospital-acquired conditions such as infections, bedsores and pneumonia from 2012-2013. In 2010, the Health and Human Services inspector general estimated that 180,000 deaths were caused by poor care in hospitals, for people covered by Medicare.
The problem of deadly hospital errors first start receiving a lot of attention in 1999 when the Institute of Medicine estimated that as many as 98,000 people die every year because of mistakes hospitals make that allow patients to contract infections, fall, develop pneumonia from being on a ventilator or suffer other serious but preventable accidents.
Hospitals have made a concerted effort to improve safety, spurred in large part by changes in how Medicare pays them. The Affordable Care Act reduces the reimbursement rate for hospitals that re-admit too many patients within 30 days, an indication of poor care the first time…
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Sourced from: Reuters, U.S. hospitals make fewer serious errors; 50,000 lives saved
Published On: Dec 3, 2014
Most people ignore cancer warning signs
Many people still attribute cancer warning signs to milder illnesses, thereby missing the chance for an early diagnosis that may save their lives, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The study at University College London analyzed the responses of 1,724 people on a health questionnaire. The participants were all 50 or older and were asked if they had experienced a number of symptoms, 10 of which are defined as signs of cancer.According to the Cancer Research U.K., these symptoms include unexplained cough, changes in mole appearance, unexplained bleeding, persistent change in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss, difficulty swallowing, and unexplained lumps.
The fact that some of these ailments were cancer warning signs was not disclosed to the participants. They were also asked what they thought caused the symptoms, the seriousness of the symptoms, and whether or not they had consulted a doctor. The study found that only 2 percent of those questioned considered their symptoms to be cancer-related when 53 percent of them had experienced at least one cancer sign over the past three months. Even people who experienced more commonly known signs of cancer, such as unexplained lumps or changes in mole appearance, did not consider them to be cancer-related.
This study has shown that there is a need to educate people on the signs of cancer and to encourage them to consult a doctor sooner rather than later.
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Sourced from: Medical News Today, Majority of people ignore cancer warning signs, study finds
Published On: Dec 3, 2014