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March 2016 Archives

Promising new avenues of research with spasticity

North Carolina residents who have suffered an injury to the spinal column may be familiar with a condition called spasticity. This motor disorder is described as an exaggeration of the tone of the muscle, but most people will experience it as a muscle that twitches, jumps and cannot be still. Scientific research into the syndrome has revealed two possible methods of treating this condition, alleviating discomfort and improving the prognosis for a wide spectrum of patients.

Hospitalists are a fast-growing segment of the medical profession

North Carolina hospitals are staffed by professionals with various levels of training and licensing. Among them may be hospitalists, physicians who work in hospitals exclusively. Hospitalists are legally held to the same standards as other physicians; therefore, medical malpractice claims may be filed against them as well.

The impact of nurse errors in North Carolina

Research has discovered that nurses experience 6.7 distractions per hour while at work. Many of these distractions take place while they are going through the process of providing medication for patients. Such interruptions may increase the risk of an medical error when North Carolina nurses are unable to focus on the five rights of medical administration. A study has found that there is a 12.7 percent increase in clinical errors whenever a nurse is interrupted.

Drug mix causes fatal skin rash, blinds woman in one eye

Drug interactions occur when one drug changes how another drug works, and many of the drugs involved are only dangerous when patients take them simultaneously. This is a problem across the country, including in North Carolina, where the pharmacy board found that one pharmacist ignored computer safety warnings, leading to the hospitalization of a 49-year-old woman. However, the safety failures remain unchecked.

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