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July 2015 Archives

Maternal deaths in North Carolina

Since the early part of the 20th century, women in North Carolina and around the country have enjoyed safer childbirth experiences and significantly lower death rates. Advances in hygiene and delivery techniques have given mothers a greater chance at surviving the perinatal period than was every before seen in human history. Researchers have discovered an alarming trend, though, that points to a steady increase in maternal deaths among American women.

COPD misdiagnosis could impact North Carolina patients

Despite being one of the most common forms of lung disease, COPD is often misdiagnosed, and in some cases it is not diagnosed at all. In the United States, it is estimated that 27 million people suffer from the condition, and it is the third-leading cause of disease-related death in the country. Globally, some 210 million people have COPD, and smoking is believed to be a common risk factor.

Medical errors impact patients in North Carolina

Each year, approximately 160,000 hospital patients die or are seriously harmed due to a missed diagnosis by a doctor or a diagnosis that comes too late. Patients are urged to ask questions if they are unsure about any symptoms that they are experiencing or if they are unsure about their medication. This may be especially true for those who are hospitalized as they may be in poorer health to start with.

Key questions for patients to ask about prescriptions

According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug in an average year. While the vast majority of prescriptions are helpful to patients, medication errors unfortunately kill thousands of people annually. To avoid being one of those statistics, North Carolina patients should ask a few key questions to make sure they are taking medicines safely.

Jury awards $500,000 in lawsuit against anesthesiologist

A jury has awarded a man $500,000 after his anesthesiologist made comments about him while he was sedated for a colonoscopy procedure. Her lawyer argued that he recorded the conversation illegally because he didn't obtain her consent. In Virginia where the case was filed, this is legal, however, because only one party needs to consent to the recording of a conversation. A similar rule applies in North Carolina as well.

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