Report: Over 7 million people are misdiagnosed in U.S. ER’s every year
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A government study found more than seven million people are misdiagnosed in U.S. Emergency rooms every year.
That means about one in 18 patients are getting the wrong diagnosis.
According to the D.H.H.S. report, 2.6 million people had preventable harm done to them.
Another 370,000 are permanently disabled or died because of the misdiagnosis.
The most missed conditions include stroke, heart attack, aortic aneurysm, spinal cord injury, and blood clots.
Researchers say nonspecific or atypical symptoms are the strongest factors leading to diagnostic mistakes.