Erb's Palsy is a common birth injury a child can sustain which can be avoided with proper medical care and treatment during the delivery. Erb's Palsy or brachial plexus dystocia is an injury caused by trauma to the brachial plexus, which involves damage to the nerve tissue of the baby's upper arms and shoulders. It is completely avoidable if the medical staff identifies complications that arise during delivery and take the necessary steps to avoid harming the baby during the childbirth process.
Injuries and fatalities resulting from medical negligence are both preventable and unacceptable. The consequences of medical malpractice can be devastating, especially considering that malpractice is characterized by failure to administer a level of care that physicians are fully capable of employing.
Antibiotics, if administered correctly, save lives. However they can be hazardous and life-threatening if prescribed incorrectly. For example, inappropriately prescribed fluoroquinolones, a common class of antibiotics, were the cause of roughly 2,000 personal injury lawsuits in the U.S. last year. Antibiotics treat bacterial infections (some more serious than others), but due to various risk factors, they shouldn't be prescribed for illnesses that don't require this kind of medical intervention.
Radiation serves many purposes in medicine. It is used for tracing broken bones, lung lesions, heart defects, tumors and is treatment for cancer. However, overexposure to radiation due to medical negligence or medical necessity can also cause damage to DNA, which may ultimately result in cancer after 10 to 20 years.
Recently, an important announcement was made at an annual conference hosted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The agency's findings could significantly impact fatality rates caused by a certain infection in hospitals.
Earlier this week, we began a discussion about a meta-analysis recently released by researchers out of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The analysis centers on rates of missed diagnosis and misdiagnosis in American ICUs. Unfortunately, the results do not bode well for patient safety.
The intensive care unit (ICU) is a frightening place. This unit is where the hospital receives its most gravely ill and injured patients, provided that they survive the emergency room and the surgical floor. Because the patients housed in ICU are so critically ill or injured, the web of care providers, testing, tubes and monitors assigned to a single patient is infinitely complex.
Pregnancy can be a scary time. Expectant mothers are warned to stay away from certain foods, household chemicals and any number of additional hazards in order to keep themselves and their babies safe. However, some pregnancy dangers are not preventable.
Renowned medical physician Dr. Bruce Fagel recently spoke at the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel about the connection between children's developmental disabilities and medical malpractice. He explained that while natural causes are often responsible for developmental delays in children, some cases of developmental disability can be traced back to medical negligence by a doctor, nurse, or the hospital itself.
Rhode Island residents may be interested in a recent Massachusetts health care debate. As members from the Massachusetts House of Representatives continue to discuss a new health care bill that could save the state more than $160 billion, taxpayers elsewhere are wondering why their representatives are not doing the same.