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November 2017 Archives

Understanding and diagnosing bronchospasm

North Carolina patients who suffer from bronchospasms may experience a reduction in their airflow by up to 15 percent. This is because bronchospasms occur when the muscles of the lungs and tubes that allow air to come into the body constrict or tighten. While bronchospasms are not contagious in themselves, the viruses and bacteria that can cause them can be transmitted to others.

Electronic health records and medical errors

When patients enter North Carolina hospitals, it is likely that their medical records are accessed by computers. The days of physical file folders and filing cabinets are quickly giving way to electronic health records (EHR). It is estimated that only 4 percent of hospitals in the United States have not made the switch to EHR. However, these systems aren't perfect. A recent analysis of malpractice claims revealed that the percentage of EHR-related patient injuries has risen sharply in the past decade.

Some common skin conditions are easily misdiagnosed

North Carolina readers may have heard that medical misdiagnoses are a major problem in the U.S. However, it isn't always a medical professional who is to blame for the error. There are times when a patient may attempt to diagnose themselves and end up doing more harm than good. This is particularly true with skin conditions.

Diagnosing cardiomyopathy

When a North Carolina resident has cardiomyopathy, they essentially have a heart that becomes enlarged, thick or rigid. As the condition continues to worsen, the heart has an increasingly more difficult time pumping enough blood to the body and maintaining a normal rhythm. While many patients never experience signs or symptoms of cardiomyopathy, others do.

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