One Triangle hospital received a C in the most recent ranking of patient safety by the nonprofit Leapfrog Group. The most important safety measures are hand washing practices, blood infections and patient falls.
Contamination has markedly increased in private wells flooded by Hurricane Florence. The state is offering free lab testing of drinking water for well owners, but most don’t take advantage of the service.
Medical researchers offering free genetic testing to all North Carolina newborns to screen for two rare disorders, spinal atrophy and fragile X syndrome. The first letters asking parents for permission to test their babies went out last week.
Thousands of eastern Wake County wells may have unhealthy levels of radiological chemicals uranium, radon and radium in the drinking water. Wells should be tested for chemicals founds in granite, officials say.
Flooding from Hurricane Florence that submerged a Duke Energy coal ash storage area in Wilmington did not contaminate the Cape Fear River, according to the NC Department of Environmental Quality. Environmentalists disagree.
Waterkeeper Alliance and Earthjustice say coal ash flowed in Cape Fear River during Hurricane Florence leaving the water with high levels of arsenic. Duke Energy calls the claim ‘outrageous.’ The Department of Environmental Quality awaits its test results.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans to cut Medicare Advantage rates by 30 percent on average for its 72,000 North Carolina customers. Customers will see a 25 percent cut in Wake County and a 38 percent cut in Durham County.
Coal ash releases in the Neuse River from Duke Energy’s Lee power plant in Goldsboro have caused arsenic levels to be nearly 18 times higher than what is safe for drinking water, environmentalists say.
Duke Energy has said its water tests on Cape Fear River in Wilmington that the presence of ash in the river was negligible and not harming the water quality. A scientist at NC State and Duke University say Duke Energy’s tests aren’t sufficient.
Hurricane Florence caused municipal sewage systems and septic tanks to fail, hog lagoons to overflow and threatens to compromise other industrial facilities that could pose a threat to human health. All of these hazards find their way into the flooded waters.
Led by an increased demand for natural birthing options, Rex Hospital has credentialed its first midwife in over a decade. She in on call 24/7, until more midwives join her in delivering babies using time-tested methods to prevent complications.