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January 2015 Archives

Patients become ill, 1 dies after intravenous saline mix-up

On Jan. 14, health officials confirmed that many patients fell ill and one patient died after being administered unsterilized, simulated saline by mistake. The blunder happened in seven states, including North Carolina. The Food and Drug Administration says that doctors are not sure whether the simulated saline caused the one death.

What are the causes of brachial plexus injuries?

North Carolina parents whose newborn babies suffered brachial plexus injuries during birth may have questions about how their children's injuries could have happened. It is usually impossible for doctors to predict whether shoulder dystocia, the complication that often causes brachial plexus injuries, will occur during a birth.

Hospital errors decline in recent years

North Carolina residents may be interested to learn that, according to a report that was released in early December, a review of hospital medical records by the federal government suggests that there has been a 17 percent drop in a number of different preventable errors between 2010 and 2013. The report suggests that the majority of improvements occurred from 2012 to 2013, and the size of the figure is attributed mostly to a drop in adverse drug event, bed sores and pressure ulcers.

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