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Understanding sepsis

Texas residents who have recently had an infection should know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that up to 3 million Americans receive a sepsis diagnosis annually. The condition will prove fatal for 15 to 30 percent of those who have been diagnosed.

Male dermatologists more likely than females to be sued

Texas doctors may be interested in a study that found female dermatologists were less likely to face lawsuits than male dermatologists and that the reason seemed to hinge on better communication. According to a meta-analysis, female doctors offered more reassurance and encouragement and tended to get more patient input. There was a 250 percent higher chance that male physicians would be sued than female physicians.

Frequently misdiagnosed conditions

Misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice. To prove medical malpractice, a plaintiff in Texas must prove that the medical provider acted or failed to act below the standard of care, which is defined by how a practitioner in the same specialty would have behaved under the same or similar circumstances. Some conditions are more commonly misdiagnosed than others.

The importance of doctor-patient confidentiality

Can you imagine a world where the concept of doctor-patient confidentiality didn't exist? You would have thousands upon thousands of people that would be afraid to go to the doctor's office due to the possibility of the doctor or nurse leaking private but potentially embarrassing information about their medical condition. Doctor-patient confidentiality is a crucial pillar of the medical world. It allows patients to feel comfortable in telling their doctor everything about their medical condition.