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Fetal macrosomia and medical malpractice

Fetal macrosomia is the medical term for a newborn who weighs more than the average baby. A baby weighing more than 9 pounds 15 ounces may experience serious health complications. Fetal macrosomia may cause problems during a vaginal delivery, and may cause the baby to incur injuries during the birth process. Additionally, fetal macrosomia may cause a baby to experience other health issues later on.

Errors in infant resuscitation

North Carolina expectant parents may be aware that infant resuscitation is sometimes needed after birth. Placental problems, maternal infections, and sudden bleeding during pregnancy can all raise the risk of this being necessary. That risk may also increase with premature labor, an umbilical cord prolapse, an unusually large baby, or the use of forceps, vacuums, and other birth-assisting tools.

What complications can women face during labor?

Labor and delivery safety have come a long way in recent years, which is why many expectant mothers choose to give birth in a hospital. That being said, there are still situations where doctors fail to follow proper procedure during delivery or do not take the necessary precautions prior to labor. When that happens, women are in danger of experiencing complications.

Patient and pharmacist cooperation can reduce medication errors

Millions of North Carolina residents rely on pharmacists to dispense prescribed medicine and to offer assist patients in using their medications safely. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology indicated that approximately 21 percent of medication errors that cause injury to patients are attributed to dispensing errors that occur at the pharmacy. These errors are common; however, there are multiple measures that pharmacists and patients can exercise to prevent these potentially costly mistakes.

About ovarian cancer

Every year, over 250,000 women in North Carolina and the rest of world receive a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Each year, 140,000 women will die from the disease. It is important that women do not mistake the early indications of ovarian cancer with medical issues that are less serious as doing so can lower their chances of having successful treatment.

Medical technologies raise new concerns about errors

According to researchers, medical errors of various types may be the third-leading cause of death in North Carolina and across the country. Various efforts to introduce artificial intelligence to the healthcare environment are often spurred on by an attempt to cut down on patient risks caused by human error. These machines often enjoy exceptional performance; one found in Oxford is reportedly capable of exceeding cardiologists' success rate in identifying a patient's risk of a potential heart attack.

PET scans could lead to prostate cancer misdiagnoses

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers experienced by men in North Carolina and across the country. In order to determine the stage the cancer has reached, doctors use a PET scan for prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA). PSMA is an enzyme that is found in prostate cancer cells and in areas where the cancer has spread elsewhere in the body. It is very expressive and responsive to imaging, making it a target for PET scans that determine the current stage of the disease.

Man claims doctor failed to diagnose his West Nile virus

North Carolina residents should know that in rare cases, the West Nile virus can cause the inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no specific vaccine or antiviral treatment to address or prevent West Nile, but those with a mild form of the virus can take over-the-counter medications or fever reducers.

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