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Diagnostic Errors Common, Costly, and Harmful



Wrong site surgeries and medication mishaps get more attention, but diagnostic errors are a larger, deadlier, and costlier problem, for patients and healthcare providers, Johns Hopkins researchers say.



2 comments on "Diagnostic Errors Common, Costly, and Harmful"
Marcia C (11/30/2013 at 3:55 PM)

11.30.13 Kaiser failed to treat me for a deadly infection Klebsiella Pneumoniae for 3.5 months despite my pleas of urgency, frequency and pain. I had to demand a referral to a urologist and another lab test with culture. Docs thought I had female "overactive bladder syndrome" and referred me to pelvic floor physical therapy and Kaiser gave me a discount on "glide and silk creams" and I was told to lie on two little balls and relax my psoas muscles. One error after another resulted in recently 10 days of hospitalization for sepsis, kidney issue and a pulmonary embolus from PICC line. I almost died. Terrible experience
WrongDiagnosis (4/23/2013 at 5:14 PM)

I had a wrong diagnosis at Kaiser and had to get the correct diagnosis out of system, and then fight Kaiser to have them treat me. I later spoke with a doctor working on the EHR system at Kaiser. They don't have a diagnosis area in it, so doctors have to read through the previous doctors' notes without any sort of summary of what has been ruled out. I would suggest for serious cases there is a diagnosis "tab" in the EHR. This is the model of our country's EHR system; and thousands will be harmed by it. This is a serious issue in medicine and must be addressed. I lost a year of my life, I guess I'm lucky I didn't die.