After consulting with several doctors and failing to receive a proper diagnosis for chronic pain and numbness in his arm, an over-the-road trucker turned to a North Carolina hospital for answers. Although the man sought out Duke Hospital for its reputation, he became the victim of medical negligence.
Readers in North Carolina may have heard about a recent health scare that may affect as many as 7,000 people. In another state, those who were treated by a long-time oral surgeon could have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis as a result of the doctor's office failing to abide by standard safety practices.
In the weeks and months after bringing a child into the world, new parents usually focus their attention on the health of the newborn. Yet, as one woman learned, a careless mistake made during delivery forced her to spend weeks in the hospital recuperating from an infection. The woman's doctor left behind a surgical sponge while performing a cesarean section, which is an alarmingly common problem.
For many years, Hulk Hogan's name has been synonymous with brute strength and entertainment. Hogan, legally named Terry Bollea, thrilled wrestling fans in North Carolina and across the world until back problems essentially put an end to his lengthy career. He sought treatment from medical professionals who promised to use less-invasive techniques to treat his spinal injuries, but those promises came up short.
When North Carolina residents are preparing for surgery, they usually take it very seriously. As such, they often make sure they have made preparations for the day of surgery and the subsequent recovery. Namely, they may ensure they have someone to take them home from the medical center and pick up prescription medications.
These days, it seems as though a new 3D movie is being released every week. Though this technology provides increased entertainment value in movie theaters, it could soon save the lives of North Carolina surgical patients by reducing the risk of surgical error and brain injury.
It's no surprise that young, overworked doctors will make some mistakes in their practice. A portion of these medical errors may not affect the health of their patients, but still have the potential to create serious issues. Recently, a study conducted at an urban teaching hospital revealed just how frequently mistakes are made in these institutions.
North Carolina residents who are closely tuned into television medical dramas get the feeling that young doctors are often asked to work incredibly long hours during their first few years in practice. Despite the glamorization that occurs on the TV screen, the effects of this habit can be devastating.
For many North Carolina residents, making the decision to undergo a major surgery can be very difficult. In some cases, the nature of the treatment may be difficult to deal with or the associated risks can serve as a deterrent. One man has been forced to deal with the life-altering consequences of a surgical error, but is now taking steps to right the wrong.
Undergoing surgery can be a very scary experience for residents of North Carolina. Even routine or planned procedures can be nerve-wracking for patients. The fear of falling victim to a surgical error is legitimate. However, when doctors act wisely and carefully, it can put individuals at ease.