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September 2015 Archives

Report warns about prevalence of diagnostic mistakes

The highly-respected Institute of Medicine has provided the medical community with groundbreaking reports in the past. More than a decade and a half ago, in 1999, IOM concluded up to 98,000 people nationwide were victims of hospital errors each year. The organization's latest report is narrowly focused on diagnostic errors.

Doctors’ obligations to detect or rule out cancer

A Greenville patient visits a doctor counting on a well-educated, highly-skilled medical professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment. A physician who fails in his or her duties to provide quality care may be ordered by a court to compensate a patient for harm. The plaintiff must show something a doctor did or didn't do contributed to or resulted in an injury or other loss.

Visual damage caused by traumatic brain injuries

The brain is the most vital organ humans possess. Damage to our control center has the potential to limit or disable multiple functions. Visual difficulties are common among Greenville residents who suffer traumatic brain injuries, although vision rehabilitation is often not a top priority as patients move through TBI recovery.

Doctor negligence in miscarriage diagnoses

Miscarriage is the most frequent complication leading to loss during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Up to one in four pregnant women in Pitt County and throughout the U.S. experience miscarriages. The miscarriage rate is highest during the first 13 weeks of gestation.

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