Diagnostic errors are more common than most people realize. In terms of patient safety, they present significant health risks which can often result in injury, or sometimes even death. Doctors have to be thorough with every patient; otherwise, they could be charged with medical malpractice. Keep reading and discover four types of medical diagnostic errors.
This occurs when a healthcare provider provides a patient with an accurate diagnosis but does not determine other factors that can affect the condition. For instance, if a doctor prescribes a medication to a patient but does ask the patient if they have any kinds of allergies. The doctor will be held for not following through properly with the patient.
The Diagnosis Is Missed Entirely
It is alarming how many diseases or illnesses are missed by doctors every single day. When a doctor informs a patient that they are healthy, when in fact there is something wrong, it creates serious health risks. If certain diseases or illness are left untreated, a patient could be a major risk.
The Condition or Disease is Unrecognized
This occurs when a doctor correctly identifies a disease; however, does not diagnosis another condition that the patient also has. In many cases, the unrecognized disease is somehow related to the diagnosed disease. Also, there are times when the patient also has an unrelated health problem that goes unnoticed because the doctor does not look past another health complication of the patient.
The Diagnosis Is Delayed
These types of diagnostic errors are extremely common in the United States. In some cases, a doctor’s diagnosis is accurate, but for whatever reason, he or she delays the process. When this happens, it may be too late to give the patient the same kind of medical attention they were in need of before.
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