Many families in North Carolina may already be with familiar with how difficult it can be to diagnose a medical condition from home. Recent studies indicate that the challenges are significant at hospitals and physicians' offices as well. Some prominent doctors claim that the recent research underscores the importance of patients being assertive about assessing potential symptoms or seeing a second physician if the diagnosis from the primary doctor was less than satisfactory.
For North Carolina parents, ensuring that the right medication for their children is obtained in the right amount can be a challenge. Medical malpractice and doctor error always present risks, but medication involves a doctor's order, filling by a pharmacist and then administration of medication by a parent at home. Because of the many links in this chain of administration, medication errors in children account for about 7,000 deaths each year.
In North Carolina and elsewhere in the United States, the procedure for a patient who feels he or she has a certain disease is generally straightforward. A visit to the doctor and some diagnostic tests usually indicate whether the disease is present or not. However, the United States is lacking in its ability to identify Lyme disease, as one man found out during a ten-month battle with the illness. He remembers pulling a tick from his ankle two days before the classic bull's-eye rash of Lyme disease appeared around the bite.
Residents of North Carolina may be surprised to learn that in comparison to other developed nations, the United States has become an increasingly risky place for giving birth to a child. Recent data indicating that the U.S. ranks low in comparison to other industrialized countries was published in a report issued by Save the Children. However, the alarming statistics have already spurred health organizations across the country to implement preventive and proactive measures to reduce potential risks.
North Carolina activists may be interested to learn that the widow of a man who was the former leader of the American Indian Movement sued a New Mexico hospital for malpractice. According to the report, the widow of Russell Means claimed that a New Mexico hospital failed to diagnose her husband's esophageal cancer in 2011.