North Carolina residents may be surprised at the level of drug use by medical professionals while on the job. According to a recent report, it is estimated that more than 100,000 medical workers are abusing or addicted to medications, and each impaired caregiver has the potential of injuring thousands of patients. However, it is difficult to detect or prevent drug abuse since many health care facilities do not have drug testing requirements or take immediate disciplinary action when a practitioner is suspected of being impaired.
North Carolina residents may be interested in the case of a woman who is suing her doctor after a tubal ligation failed to prevent her from getting pregnant. Her baby was born with sickle cell disease, which was something that the woman knew was possible and that led to her decision to have a tubal ligation.
North Carolina medical patients may want to know the story behind a formerly active 72-year-old left in a vegetative state after his cardiac surgeon allegedly walked off during the operation to attend a luncheon. The man's family was seeking answers about the apparent medical malpractice, in which, they claim, the surgeon left an unqualified physician's assistant to close up the patient's open chest cavity. Complications arose, and the cardiologist was called back from the luncheon, which was up to 30 minutes away. The patient's heart stopped, and serious and irreversible brain damage was the result.
When we walk into a doctor's office and see all their diplomas and certifications tacked to the wall, we usually begin to trust them. However, in reality, those certificates might not provide the assurance you need. Throughout the U.S., many doctors are offering plastic surgery services, even though they are not trained plastic surgeons and it is leading to a series of unfortunate doctor errors. People in North Carolina considering plastic surgery should make sure their doctor is a trained plastic surgeon in order to reduce the chance of mistakes.
We depend on our doctors to do what is best for us and that includes monitoring our health, often without question of their diagnoses. However, failure to diagnose certain ailments can have deadly consequences. For a Pitt County woman, her breast cancer went undiagnosed for a very long time and could have cost her life.