In North Carolina and across the U.S., numerous hospitals, medical practices and long-term and post-acute care providers are being plagued by patient matching errors. This leads to the electronic exchange of faulty patient information, which in turn means patients are at risk for being treated for the wrong conditions. Meanwhile, the diagnosis of their actual condition will be delayed or lost altogether.
When people in North Carolina go to the hospital, they may hesitate to even think about the danger of a surgical error or another serious medical mistake. Surgery on the wrong part of the body, incorrect medical procedures or procedures intended for other patients are some of the most serious types of medical errors that can happen in a health care facility. No such mistakes should ever take place.
Mitochondrial patients in North Carolina may be interested in a recent survey published in the medical journal Neurology Genetics. Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center sent a 25-item questionnaire to 210 patients who had self-reported mitochondrial disease, and the results were rather startling.
About 10 percent of people are informed that they have an allergy to penicillin at some point in their lives. However, it is possible that a North Carolina resident who thinks that he or she has such an allergy can actually use the medicine safely. According to data from the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, 76 percent of children labeled as allergic to penicillin had only minor symptoms.
In North Carolina, a common type of medical error that doctors sometimes make occurs when they are making diagnostic decisions such as deciding what types of lab tests that they should order. Misdiagnoses can lead to patient harm, making it important to reduce their likelihood.