When administered in a timely manner, epinephrine is a life-saving drug for people experiencing a deadly allergic reaction. You may be like many Missouri patients who have life-threatening allergies and who carry epinephrine delivery devices at all times. Unfortunately, many of those devices might be defective.
An estimated 75,000 people in Missouri and across the U.S. suffer from mitochondrial disease, which is a rare genetic disorder. The mitochondria generate over 90 percent of the body's energy, so when these intercellular compartments become diseased, they can cause symptoms that range from weakness and fatigue to impaired coordination. The rarity of the disease combined with the heterogeneity of the symptoms leads to frequent misdiagnoses.
For patients in Missouri, one of the most concerning aspects of going to the hospital could be the dangers posed by misdiagnosis and other kinds of medical errors. Across the United States, errors related to diagnosis are the most common source of medical malpractice claims, says a new study produced by a medical malpractice insurance company. When reviewing claims filed between 2013 and 2017, the report said that a full 33 percent related to errors made when diagnosing the patient, including misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose a severe illness such as cancer.
It sounds like a Missouri patient's worst nightmare -- being diagnosed with the flu while actually suffering devastating, life-threatening infection by so-called "flesh-eating" bacteria. However, this has been a reality for some patients who have sought medical help, according to some reports. One woman who went to a health care professional complaining of flu-like symptoms was diagnosed with the flu in January 2018. As the pain beneath her arm worsened, however, she was returned to the hospital two days later in an emergency condition.