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.
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.
North Carolina patients might be shocked to learn that the rate of wrong-site surgical errors has not declined over the past decade. Wrong-site surgeries may have catastrophic impacts due to the danger of surgery in general.
A civil jury recently awarded a Durham cataract patient who filed a medical malpractice lawsuit $1.5 million in compensation for damages. The defendants named in the suit included a Durham ophthalmologist and the North Carolina Specialty Hospital in Durham.
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) will pay $150,000 to the family of an 18-year-old man who died after police mistakenly shot him through his house's front door after they arrived to serve an arrest warrant. The North Carolina Industrial Commission, which oversees compensation in all law enforcement-related claims in the state, said that UNCW will contribute an additional $100,000 to a new fund designed to better train and accredit police officers employed by the university.
According the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a North Carolina hospital could lose its Medicare funding following the death of a schizophrenic patient who allegedly died after guards employed by the facility attempted to restrain him.