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Steps for starting a Business in North Carolina

Starting a new business can be exciting and overwhelming at once. There are several steps you must take to be properly incorporated that must be accomplished before you can even get to rewarding work of bringing your dream to the market. Following these few guidelines cannot guarantee the success or failure of your new venture, but they are good place to start for avoiding common pitfalls that keep many new business owners from achieving their dreams and satisfying a need in the marketplace.

Standardization plans for IV and oral medication administration

There are certain medical settings in North Carolina that involve frequent administration of solutions and medications through intravenous lines. Patients should know that the concentrations used can vary from one setting to another. For example, professionals in emergency services might use different concentrations than those in an emergency room. This means that transfer from one situation to another often requires the stopping and restarting of IVs. When there are more instances of reprogramming an IV system, there are more opportunities for related medical errors.

Disney employees report guests feeding gators at resort

Many North Carolina residents likely heard about the toddler who was dragged into a lagoon by an alligator and killed on June 14. One legal observer says that Walt Disney World may be liable for both negligent infliction of emotional distress and wrongful death and that the damages could run into the millions.

Dehydration diagnosis difficulties in elderly individuals

Warmer weather can create greater risks of dehydration for residents of North Carolina. It is important to realize that elderly people can be more severely affected than those in many other age groups. There is a greater potential for impaired kidney function, diabetes and use of certain medications among the elderly that can result in an increased risk of dehydration. Additionally, the sense of thirst can be diminished in an elderly individual. Caregivers and loved ones may want to be aware of signs of dehydration, including dry skin, excessive tiredness and a dry mouth.

Woman suffers brain damage during plastic surgery

People in North Carolina who are considering plastic surgery should keep in mind that like all medical procedures, it carries a certain amount of risk. One young woman who had breast augmentation surgery in 2013 fell into a coma that lasted two weeks. She continues to be affected by the surgery and can only stand for a few minutes at a time and speak a few words. The woman has a son that her family is struggling to support.

Patient engagement crucial to limiting medical errors

With headlines warning people in North Carolina that medical errors represent the third most common cause of death, someone about to enter a hospital may want to take an active role in preventing mistakes. The complicated nature the health care system creates an ongoing opportunity for errors. A single treatment can involve many people taking many steps. Poor communication, distractions or bad system design increase problems at every turn within health care facilities. Confronted by such possibilities, a patient should learn to ask questions.

Traffic fatalities in North Carolina surge by 19 percent

Traffic accident fatalities in North Carolina during the first six months of 2015 were 19 percent higher than during the same period in 2014 according to a report released by the National Safety Council. The nonprofit group studied federal accident data to compare the first six months of 2015 with the first six months of 2014, and it concluded that improving economic conditions and an increase in reckless behavior contributed to a 14 percent increase in fatalities and a 30 percent increase in serious injuries across the country.

Financial strategies for small business owners

Small business owners in North Carolina usually spend a lot of their time working on the day-to-day operations of their companies. To keep things running smoothly, they should take a little time each day to think about their long-term business goals and financial strategies.

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