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.
North Carolina residents may feel reassured to know that many hospital emergency rooms around the country are making changes to reduce the frequency of medication errors. Risk-laden prescription conflicts and medication errors account for more than 7,000 lives in America every year. At the emergency room of a Dallas children's hospital, pharmacists oversee 20,000 medication orders and prescriptions on a weekly basis.
With drug-resistant bacteria and other safety risks becoming a bigger concern for hospitals, it is becoming increasingly more important that South Carolina patients become aware of how they can reduce the risks of infection or other complications during their hospital stay. With medical errors estimated to cause the deaths of more than 400,000 patients each year, taking several preventative steps may just save a patient's life.
North Carolina readers might be interested in a story published on June 3 concerning undiagnosed diabetes cases. According to the American Heart Association, about 10 percent of heart attack incidences resulted from undiagnosed diabetes.