Navigation Links
Prior Hospitalization With Pneumonia Often Tied to Later Misdiagnosis
Date:10/22/2010

FRIDAY, Oct. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Misdiagnosis of pneumonia is common among patients readmitted to the hospital shortly after a hospitalization for the same illness, according to two companion studies.

These misdiagnoses result in the overuse of antibiotics and increased health care costs, said the researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

They examined the medical records of 127 patients who were diagnosed with pneumonia and readmitted within 30 days of a hospital discharge. Of this group, they found that 92 patients -- or about 72 percent -- were misdiagnosed with pneumonia upon readmission.

Among the other findings:

  • Blacks were more than twice as likely as whites to be misdiagnosed with pneumonia.
  • Smokers and patients with lung disease were likely to be misdiagnosed.
  • About 72 percent of misdiagnoses occurred in the emergency department.
  • Less than 33 percent of the patients had any outpatient follow-up care prior to their readmission to hospital.

Possible reasons for the misdiagnoses include abnormalities on chest X-rays and pre-existing lung disease, said the researchers.

The findings were slated to be presented Friday in Vancouver at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

"These studies show that we need to increase awareness among physicians about using the diagnostic standards and criteria set forth in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network for diagnosing pneumonia at the time of readmission," Dr. Hiren Pokharna, an infectious disease fellow and lead author of the studies, said in a hospital news release.

"This also points to the importance of using X-ray for ruling out pneumonia. And once pneumonia is ruled out, the antibiotics can be discontinued," he added.

More information

The American Lung Association has more about

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Experts urge making cigarettes non-addictive a research priority
2. Progress against child deaths will lag until family, community care prioritized
3. CIHR makes recommendations on Canadian MS research priorities
4. Apriori Beauty Offers Free Anti-Aging Product Upgrade
5. New England Journal of Medicine Article Trumpets “Priority” Status of Helping Patients Take Medications Correctly
6. Safety Should Be Priority for Those Involved in Kids Sports
7. NJHA: Charity Care Must Be a Priority as Uninsured Burden Grows
8. Mother of Binge Drinking Victim Urges Students and Parents to Discuss Signs of Alcohol Poisoning, Emphasize Peer Responsibility Prior to Spring Break
9. Drug for advanced kidney cancer shrinks tumors prior to surgery
10. Hospitalizations Way Up for Young Adults With Diabetes
11. Anti-vomiting drug could prevent thousands of hospitalizations, save millions of dollars
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Prior Hospitalization With Pneumonia Often Tied to Later Misdiagnosis 
(Date:11/21/2014)... Seeking to make it tougher for people to misuse ... Thursday approved a new hydrocodone tablet that,s designed to ... the brand name Vicodin -- is a powerful opioid ... dangerous addictions across the United States. The FDA ... an extended-release tablet to treat pain severe enough to ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... November 21, 2014 MLF Biotech, Inc. ... cats . Liv-Pro® Probiotics for Pets helps maintain digestive ... to a pet's intestinal flora after it experiences a ... , Liv-Pro Probiotics for Pets is a proprietary blend ... contains seven live active bacteria strains that are safe ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... NJ (PRWEB) November 21, 2014 The ... homemade, high calorie dishes, plenty of gravy and a ... could be the best time of year to begin ... Diet Doc has uncovered the secret to losing unhealthy, ... the fattening holiday recipes. , The insight to Diet ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) November 21, 2014 ... for chronic headaches and other jaw-related symptoms, ... patients seeking relief from chronic head pain, neck pain, ... , “This year we have seen a 52% ... treated. Our network of over 300 doctors and their ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... Even with years of experience under his belt, Kirk ... growth, participating in two recent events for his State Farm ... networking event with the leaders of State Farm and thousands ... and greatest in insurance news and products for his clients. ... (Stacy, Anthony, Reina and Jacob) as exhibitors at the recent ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller 2Health News:FDA Approves 'Abuse-Resistant' Narcotic Painkiller 3Health News:MLF Biotech Introduces Liv-Pro Probiotics for Pets 2Health News:Diet Doc Releases New Calorie Loading Diet Plans - the Perfect Way to Jump Start the Metabolism and Begin Weight Loss During Thanksgiving 2Health News:Diet Doc Releases New Calorie Loading Diet Plans - the Perfect Way to Jump Start the Metabolism and Begin Weight Loss During Thanksgiving 3Health News:Diet Doc Releases New Calorie Loading Diet Plans - the Perfect Way to Jump Start the Metabolism and Begin Weight Loss During Thanksgiving 4Health News:National Rise In Patients Seeking Headache Relief 2Health News:Kirk Martin Insurance Agency Goes Local and National with State Farm 2
... pneumonia and gastrointestinal woes , , THURSDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay ... age 65 and older resulted in medical and lost ... researchers who analyzed Medicare and National Health Interview Survey ... study were: chronic lung disease, ischemic heart disease, stroke, ...
... 30 Palomar Medical,Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: PMTI ... for cosmetic treatments, today announced financial,results for the ... the,quarter ended September 30, 2008 were $24.2 million, ... were royalty revenues, $1.0 million,were funded development revenues, ...
... to Eat Right, Move More and ... Milk Their Diets, ATLANTA, Oct. ... different fad diets -- which seem to go in and out of,fashion like ... Americans -- including 56 percent of Georgia,residents -- remain overweight or obese., ...
... Oct. 30 MiddleBrook,Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: MBRK ... novel anti-infective products, is scheduled,to announce its financial ... Nov. 13, 2008, before the market opens. At ... conduct a conference call to review the,Company,s third ...
... Ariz., Oct. 30 NaturalNews.com, the independent,natural ... million health-conscious,consumers, has posted audio interviews with ... "Home Safe Home," and Byron Richards, founder ... supplement,provider. Both interviews are available as free ...
... attack rates change when clocks are adjusted , , WEDNESDAY, Oct. ... is just about here, and it may pose problems more ... a jump in the number of heart attacks following the ... spring. , "This was the very first study on this ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Palomar Medical Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 2008 2Health News:Palomar Medical Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 2008 3Health News:Palomar Medical Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 2008 4Health News:Palomar Medical Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 2008 5Health News:Palomar Medical Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 2008 6Health News:Palomar Medical Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 2008 7Health News:Palomar Medical Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 2008 8Health News:Palomar Medical Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter 2008 9Health News:Message to Georgia Residents: Forgo Fad Dieting and Join the Campaign for Healthy Weight 2Health News:Message to Georgia Residents: Forgo Fad Dieting and Join the Campaign for Healthy Weight 3Health News:Message to Georgia Residents: Forgo Fad Dieting and Join the Campaign for Healthy Weight 4Health News:MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals Schedules Conference Call and Webcast for Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results 2Health News:NaturalNews Posts Audio Interview with Consumer Chemical Expert Debra Lynn Dadd on Bisphenol-A 2Health News:Semi-Annual Time Changes May Affect the Heart 2Health News:Semi-Annual Time Changes May Affect the Heart 3
(Date:11/21/2014)...  Abaxis, Inc. (NasdaqGS: ABAX ), a ... the medical, research, and veterinary markets worldwide and providing ... in the United States , announced ... acquire 100% of QCR & Trio Diagnostics Limited, a ... The transaction closed on November 17, 2014. ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... MELVILLE, N.Y. , Nov. 21, 2014 ... one of the world,s largest health care services companies, ... the world,s largest provider of health care products and ... today announced that the companies have entered into a ... comprehensive service and product offerings to office-based medical practices.  ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... BRYDGES, Ontario , Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... monitor mounting solutions and reading room environment guidance, ... their newest musculoskeletal radiology reading room, which may ... room designs at Penn Medicine. ... by the American College of Radiology,s Imaging 3.0 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Abaxis Acquires UK-based Distribution Organization 2Abaxis Acquires UK-based Distribution Organization 3Abaxis Acquires UK-based Distribution Organization 4Cardinal Health And Henry Schein Enter Into Long-Term Strategic Agreement To Serve Physician Offices 2Cardinal Health And Henry Schein Enter Into Long-Term Strategic Agreement To Serve Physician Offices 3Cardinal Health And Henry Schein Enter Into Long-Term Strategic Agreement To Serve Physician Offices 4Cardinal Health And Henry Schein Enter Into Long-Term Strategic Agreement To Serve Physician Offices 5RedRick Technologies Helps Penn Radiology Implement New Radiology Reading Room Concepts 2RedRick Technologies Helps Penn Radiology Implement New Radiology Reading Room Concepts 3
... 2011 PDI, Inc. (Nasdaq: PDII ) ... DIAGRAM™ software platform to enable eDetail delivery on popular ... ® and iPhone ® (1) and Android™(2)-based phones. ... devices even faster than the general population, we are ...
... April 25, 2011 Pharmatek Laboratories, Inc., a ... pharmaceutical industry, announced that it has added spray ...  The company has purchased a Buchi B-290 Mini ... clinical manufacture.  This technology can be used for ...
Cached Medicine Technology:PDI Announces Group DCA's Launch of eDetailing Across Apple® and Android™ Mobile Devices 2Pharmatek Laboratories Adds Spray Drying to Drug Development Services 2
... Laboratories is a national reference laboratory and ... and development. ARUP offers an extensive test ... tests in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned ... clients include more than half of the ...
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference ... laboratory research and development. ARUP offers an ... unique medical tests in clinical and anatomic ... ARUP Laboratories' clients include more than half ...
Medicine Products: