Malpractice due to misdiagnoses or late diagnoses is a big cause of death for patients. A study showed that 1 in 3 misdiagnoses lead to death or permanent disability. This points to the extreme importance of having a competent doctor and educating oneself. It is important to be always be aware and seek second opinions if serious. Legal Nurse Consultants may later play a key role in helping identify malpractice, but it is far better to be educated and aware when something may not be feeling right. Please also review AIHCP’s Legal Nurse Consulting Certification
The article, “1 in 3 misdiagnoses results in serious injury or death: study” by Jacqueline Renfrow looks at the dangers of misdiagnosis and looks at a variety of stats. She states,
“The research, funded by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, analyzed more than 55,000 malpractice claims from the Comparative Benchmarking System database. Of the diagnostic errors causing the most harm, 74.1% were attributed to just three categories—referred to in the paper as “The Big Three”: cancer (37.8%), vascular events (22.8%) and infection (13.5%).”
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Please also review AIHCP’s Legal Nurse Consulting Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Legal Nurse Consulting.