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Do patients have rights in the emergency room?

Medical providers in the United States are bound to follow certain rules and procedures to ensure that their patients are treated with respect and provided with safe and comprehensive care. For example, Texas doctors must receive informed consent from their patients before undertaking certain medical actions. When doctors and nurses have time to review their patients' cases and prepare for their visits, meeting these standards may seem straightforward.

Misdiagnosis of heart attacks can be fatal

The blood the heart pumps provides oxygen to the body's cells and deoxygenated blood then returns to the heart through the lungs to replenish its supply and recirculate. When Texas residents experience a problem with their heart, the matter can soon turn serious since the heart is a critical organ in the functioning of the entire body.

Why are pulmonary embolisms commonly misdiagnosed?

A pulmonary embolism is a significant medical event. It occurs when a blood clot forms in the body and becomes stuck in the pulmonary artery that supplies the lungs with blood from the heart. The deprivation of blood to the lungs can be fatal and it is an unfortunate truth that this serious condition is often misdiagnosed in Texas residents and others throughout the world.

Texas man dies because doctors miss medical emergency

Tragedy recently struck a Texas family when their 20-year-old son died from a highly unusual cause. The young man had choked on a bone while eating chicken nearly two weeks prior to his passing and experienced discomfort in his throat after the incident. The discomfort was so severe that he sought medical attention two times, but was sent home both times without any intervention.

Patients are their own best advocates at their doctors' offices

Illness and injury can disrupt the lives of Texas residents. When health problems affect the ways that individuals engage with others, do their jobs and live their lives, they may turn to their doctors for help getting themselves back on track. In many situations, a doctor will adequately determine the cause of their patient's ailment and offer them a course of treatment that provides them with healing and relief. From time to time, however, doctors ignore the information that their patients provide and leave them with missed or wrong diagnoses.

When erroneous treatment harms patients

Getting the right medical treatment in a timely manner can be imperative to securing a full recovery from an aggressive disease or serious injury. In the case of cancer, a brain injury or other serious condition, the failure of a medical professional to properly identify and manage a patient's condition can make a critical difference in the way in which the patient does or does not recover from the ailment. Doctors in Texas and throughout the nation are expected to use proper medical techniques to diagnose and treat those who are under their care.

Failure to diagnose actions arise from medical mistakes

Getting the right diagnosis for a medical condition is imperative to providing Texas residents with treatment that will improve their health. While not all illnesses are easy to identify, doctors can often find the right answers to even the most challenging medical conundrums when they work through differential diagnoses and consult with professionals in other specialties. A diagnosis can take time to discover, but when the right one is identified it can set a patient on the road to recovery.

How differential diagnoses prevent erroneous diagnoses

Going to the doctor can be an overwhelming experience for a Houston resident. On top of having an injury or illness, they may have to submit to questions, testing, and assessments regarding their overall health. Many doctors use extensive information-finding tools to determine the precise causes of concern in their patients.

Failure to diagnose leaves woman mostly blind

One of the challenges that Texas medical professionals face is that various conditions can share a wide number of symptoms. The responsibility then falls on a doctor to make an accurate diagnosis so that a patient can receive the most effective treatment possible under the circumstances. This may mean ordering multiple tests, accurately interpreting those test results and even obtaining a second opinion from a co-worker. Sadly, far too often, medical professionals are over-confident in their diagnosing abilities. This, in turn, can lead to a failure to diagnose a serious medical condition or a wrong diagnosis.

Lawsuit: wrong diagnosis caused pain and suffering

Medical malpractice comes in many varieties in Texas. Most of the time, malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to take appropriate action in accordance with applicable medical standards. For example, a doctor may fail to conduct a sponge count following an operation, resulting in a sponge being left inside of a patient. This is often the situation in medical malpractice cases where doctors fail to diagnose a medical condition by neglecting to order the right tests or inaccurately interpreting test results. Sometimes, though, medical malpractice can occur even when it appears that doctors are doing what they are supposed to be doing.

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