A physical trauma can have a psychological impact and, in some cases, the reverse also may be true. A North Carolina woman alleges she suffered from conversion disorder - physical symptoms as a result of mental distress - after she underwent corrective surgery at Duke University Medical Center.
Concierge medicine began in 2000, and it is available in some North Carolina cities. The largest group concierge medicine practice is MDVIP, which has about 800 physicians in 41 states. Those seeking care from MDVIP physicians pay a membership fee annually. In exchange, patients are promised quick access to their doctor and exceptional care because physicians limit their patient load to ensure adequate time for personalized care.
When people visit emergency rooms in North Carolina, it is often because they have a serious medical problem. If the patient spends too long in the hospital waiting room or their medical problem is not treated properly once they are seen, the results can be devastating.
All health care providers in North Carolina and around the country must explain to their patients what their health condition is and what options are available to treat it. This gives the patient the opportunity to consent to a specific form of treatment based on detailed information. Some treatments require written consent, but others simply require oral consent.
In a recent highly publicized example of medical error, a Dallas hospital sent home a seriously ill patient who had a travel history to areas of West Africa where the Ebola outbreak has taken thousands of lives. This serious medical error may have been caused by a flaw in the hospital's software system that did not relay the travel history to all medical personnel. These kinds of medical errors can also happen in North Carolina.
A North Carolina man was awarded $1.5 million by a jury after a surgery left him blind in one eye. An ophthalmologist and two medical practices were named in the lawsuit after an alleged drug mix-up during a cataract surgery in 2008.
An article published on August 6 in USA Today highlighted steps taken by the federal government to restrict public access to information on eight kinds of hospital mistakes, referred to as 'hospital acquired conditions" (HACs) by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Leaving foreign objects in patients during surgery and air embolisms were among those eight HACs no longer being reported publicly. Until August 2014, information on those conditions was still available via a public spreadsheet offered by CMS, but that data can no longer be accessed. CMS is now reporting occurrence rates for only 13 HACs.
North Carolina residents who are wary of surgical procedures may be interested in the case of a California woman who suffered for four years with gastrointestinal distress, bleeding and other symptoms after a hysterectomy in 2007. The woman returned to the hospital that performed the procedure three days later, and physicians did an X-ray, told her she was very constipated and then sent her home. Another visit, which stemmed from a time when the woman almost fainted at work, resulted in the hospital telling her that she had gastrointestinal issues and should avoid spicy food.
A new study concerning medical errors may catch the attention of Greenville patients. According to an analysis performed by a toxicologist and published in the Journal of Patient Safety, as many as 440,000 patients die each year as the result of a hospital error. The study indicates that medical mistakes account for the third biggest cause of death in the country.
A court has declared that the family of a woman who apparently froze to death in a morgue can go ahead with their lawsuit against the hospital. Previously, a different court had ruled that the family had filed the lawsuit too late. North Carolina residents may have heard about the medical malpractice case, in which the family is claiming that the California woman was prematurely declared dead by the hospital staff and put into the morgue while she was still alive.