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Proper fetal monitoring after accident or trauma essential

Pregnant women in North Carolina are at increased risk of suffering blunt trauma to their unborn children during a traffic accident, according to MedScape.com. Analysis of possible risk factors indicates fetal injury is 8 percent more likely in cases where the mother was unrestrained at the time of the accident, and fetal death is much more likely for women who are in their 20th to 27th weeks of pregnancy, suggesting this is a particularly vulnerable time for the fetus.

Misdiagnosis and why it occurs

Physicians and health care providers in North Carolina and other states continue to have problems as certain diseases are wrongfully diagnosed. A misdiagnosis generally refers to a delayed or wrong diagnosis that is detected later trough testing or another means. When studying diagnostic errors, researchers can look at autopsies, malpractice suits and instances of physician-reported errors. The president of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine said that malpractice cases indicate that errors consistently occur when identifying certain conditions and illnesses like cancer, heart attacks, sepsis, strokes and meningitis.

Handling emergency room error claims

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.

The causes of stillbirth in North Carolina

While there is no way to know for sure what causes a stillbirth, there are several factors that may increase the chances of one occurring. Women who are over the age of 35 may have a higher risk of a stillbirth compared to others. Mothers who are malnourished or do not receive prenatal care may be at risk of delivering a stillborn child.

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