Doctors often use incorrect instruments to treat their patients, a new study suggests.
The study is based on data from more than 8,000 U.S. medical facilities that included more than 1.2 million emergency room visits from 2009 to 2011.
The instruments used in the study included instruments such as an oxygen mask, catheter and a needle-and-needle syringe, said the study’s lead author, Dr. Steven G. Smith, a professor of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
It is unclear why these instruments weren’t used more frequently in patients with heart failure or other life-threatening conditions, Smith said.
“The data indicates that a more accurate and accurate instrument is needed to provide appropriate care, which is why this study is so important,” Smith said in a statement.
Smith’s team published its findings online in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.
The results from the study are based on the data collected from the emergency departments of nearly 1.1 million patients who had heart failure in 2010 and 2011.
Researchers looked at the results of more than 7,000 patients who were admitted to emergency departments, and used the data to analyze their emergency department visits.
The team then compared their visits with those of patients who did not have heart failure and other life threatening conditions.
In a separate study, researchers found that heart failure patients who received the correct instrument in the emergency department were less likely to have a life- threatening cardiac event than those who received incorrect instruments.
They also found that the incorrect instruments had a greater likelihood of causing complications, such as bleeding or an infection, when used by patients who are receiving oxygen and other drugs, or by patients with severe respiratory problems, such in those with a history of severe cardiac disease, according to the study.
The findings from the Vanderbilt study have been compared with previous studies that have found that incorrect instruments can be used in more than 90 percent of patients.
The Vanderbilt study was published in the journal Emergency Medicine, and was conducted by researchers from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Health Science Center and Vanderbilt University Hospital.
For more on the study, read the full story at medicalnewstoday.com.
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