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How Florida patients can protect themselves from misdiagnosis

Last week, we discussed an instance where a woman was falsely diagnosed with cancer. While misdiagnosing a healthy individual as ill can certainly be harmful, it can be even more so if a sick person is diagnosed as healthy. For example, when an individual is tested for cancer and receives a false negative, then the individual may go untreated for a significant period of time, allowing the cancer to advance. Then, once it is finally discovered, it might be too late.

Florida woman sues after mistaken diagnosis of cancer

Going in for a common medical checkup may not seem like a big deal, but it can quickly turn an individual's life upside down. Miami patients and those across the nation often submit to medical tests recommended by their doctors. When the results come back, it is common to put full faith and credit into what the doctor says. If the diagnosis is serious, it could lead to extensive medical operations, lengthy medication plans, and emotional turmoil. While it may sound scary, it might be more terrifying to realize that sometimes this treatment is completely unnecessary.

How can I ensure my doctor will perform surgery safely?

Unfortunately, since you are often unconscious at the time of a surgical operation in Florida, there is very little, if anything, you can do in the moment to protect yourself from a surgery error. However, there are steps you can take beforehand to help ensure your operation goes smoothly and you are protected from unnecessary harm.

How common are wrong-site surgeries?

Last week we discussed how new technology could help prevent surgical errors. While this development might be promising for Miami's medical patients, it is far from reality. Until operation mistakes are completely avoidable, patients will have to confront the fact that they could be at risk of a wrong-site surgery.

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