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Chronic Kidney Disease affects 20 million adults in US

Have you ever heard of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)? If you haven't, it's time to gain some awareness of this condition which affects an estimated 10 percent of the United States adult population. That's about 20 million people, and when you consider the potentially dire consequences of living with CKD, it becomes clear that this condition poses a major health threat.

Chronic Kidney Disease is a relatively simple condition in which a person's kidneys are damaged or otherwise malfunctioning, and thus these kidneys can't filter blood in the same way that healthy kidneys would. Because of this reduced filtration rate, people can suffer a number of medical complications down the line. If left unchecked and untreated, CKD can cause someone to endure an unhealthy life, with the ultimate risk being kidney failure, which would require a transplant or regular dialysis.

Medical pros, institutions struggle to adjust to error reporting

A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog post about the hundreds of thousands of deaths that occur every year as a result of a medical error. The report that post referenced found that about 325,000 people die each year because of medical errors.

What this data obviously shows is that far too many people suffer the ultimate penalty for going to the doctor. In light of the information, it would seem like most hospitals and doctors would be on board with some new rules about error reporting to ensure that patients receive better care -- in addition to bolstering the ability of medical professionals to learn from the mistakes of others.

Here are a few signs that you may need a new doctor

Many people want to change doctors, but don't. Since the hassle of such a change deters people from seeking out a new doctor, they may stick with a medical professional who fails to provide them with the care they deserve. As tough as it may seem to change doctors, that effort is minimal compared to suffering through medical care that may not be up to your standards, or even medically acceptable standards.

So when is it time to finally call time on your relationship with your doctor? Are there any clues or indicators that you should look for to finally take the step out of your doctor's office and into a new one? Here are a few factors to consider:

Few people think they can judge doctors' quality of care

Let's say you are in the market for a new doctor. How would you go about the search? How would you ultimately choose which doctor to go see? Would you trust your insurer to provide you with recommendations? Would you do a quick search online to find doctors who have been reviewed by other people? Or would you try some other method to find your next doctor?

Chances are, you received a reference from a friend, colleague or other medical professional and trusted that reference. There's nothing wrong with that course of action -- this hypothetical situation was merely meant to illustrate the confounding process of searching for a new doctor, and the inadequate resources, grades and data we have at our disposal to pick new doctors.

Report: 325,000 people die every year due to medical errors

If someone were to walk up to you on the street and ask "how many people die every year as a result of medical errors in the United States?," what would be your answer? Would you guess somewhere in the thousands? Maybe in the tens of thousands? As it turns out, those guesses would be well below the figure that a report back in April uncovered. According to that report, 325,000 people die every year as the result of medical errors.

This bit of news is not meant to scare you into resisting medical treatment -- far from it. Instead, it is merely meant as a way of getting you to realize the scope of the medical error problem. Medical mistakes are inherent to the medical system. No matter how much training a doctor or surgeon receives, he or she will always be susceptible to making a mistake.

Study finds droppers, not spoons, should be used for medicine

Imagine you are in the hospital being treated for a fairly serious illness. It's treatable, and you will eventually feel better once a proper medication course is completed -- but in the meantime, you're dealing with some serious symptoms. Over the next few days, you're continually fed little cups of medicine to help you deal with the sickness. They come out in a tray that is filled with 30 or 40 such cups because the nurse is distributing the medicine to numerous patients.

After a week or two, you feel better. You dealt with some side effects from the medicine, but you're healthy again, so what's the big deal?

Camera system teaches surgeons when their mistakes happens

While the following story doesn't originate from the United States, it still provides critical information about medical mistakes and surgical mishaps that could happen in any country and under any circumstances. This story is about a series of cameras and microphones being setup in an operating room to track the surgical team's movements, communication and, ultimately, errors.

It is being dubbed a "black box" for surgeries, but of course that isn't exactly accurate. Instead, the system is meant to be a training and learning guide for medical staff to see the mistakes they have made -- however minute they may be -- so that they can improve and protect patients from potential harm. As our source article put it, it is very difficult for surgeons to notice the tiny mistakes they make during surgery. During the procedure they are so focused that they likely think they have done everything correctly.

Study paints curious picture about care provided by obstetricians

You entrust your life with your doctor. When you go while you're feeling sick, or if you suffer an injury, or if need emergency care, that doctor and those medical personnel figuratively and, sometimes literally, have your life in their hands. When it comes to a pregnant woman, the obstetricians and other medical personnel involved aren't just looking out for one patient. They need to ensure that the mother and her unborn child get through their nine months as healthy as possible.

But a new study doesn't make this seem like the reality. According to the study, many obstetricians avoid talking about tricky environmental risks that could harm the pregnant woman and/or her unborn child.

Prison negligence blamed for New Jersey inmate's violent death

Prisons assume control over everything inmates do. For that reason, New Jersey correctional facilities also are responsible for the health and welfare of prisoners, no matter what reason an inmate is incarcerated. A prison may be guilty of negligence for failing to prevent conditions that put prisoners' health or lives at risk.

Mercer County is named in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by family members of an inmate, who died in October at the county prison. A criminal complaint alleges the man was attacked by a violent cell mate while sleeping at Mercer County Correction Center. The 19-year-old alleged murderer had been in and out of a psychiatric hospital from the time he was taken into custody on a carjacking charge at age 17.

Household product that sickened toothpaste customer was toxic

The expression "You get what you pay for" implies all inexpensively priced products lack quality, but many Woodland Park shoppers probably would disagree. Why pay more for a product that accomplishes the same task as a more expensive brand? Manufacturers are responsible for making and selling products that are safe whether or not items are sold at a discount.

A woman in a neighboring state bought a tube of toothpaste at a discount store. The label said "Colgate," but what was inside was nothing like the brand she assumed it was. The shopper used the product and was hospitalized several days for treatment of inflammation of her esophagus, gastrointestinal tract and colon among other health problems.

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