Advances in the medical field abound. From new procedures to medical devices, medical innovations designed to make our lives better are many. In some cases, these advances do result in a happier, healthier life for patients. In others, the story of the application of these advances may not have a happy ending.
For those who wish to start a family, the birth of a child is a joyous occasion. Many pregnancies end with a bundle of joy. Unfortunately many experience complications during the delivery process that can make the journey to becoming a family more difficult.
A recent study out of Johns Hopkins finds that deaths connected to medical errors are much higher than previously thought. Experts with the study calculate that over 250,000 deaths are the result of medical errors every year in the United States.
Giving birth is a joyous and dangerous endeavor. With the medical advances present in hospitals today, it is easy to forget the later. Unfortunately, dangers remain when new life enters the world.
The prospect of surgical negligence or doctor error is terrifying to most patients. The fact that several studies show simple errors in communication to be the root cause of a significant portion of medical malpractice cases does nothing to alleviate a patient's - or their concerned loved ones' - worries.
Parents with an infant child are understandably hyper-sensitive to developmental difficulties or anything that might not follow a chart of established milestones. However, certain factors during pregnancy and childbirth can put infants at greater risk for cerebral palsy (CP). CP is recognized as the most common motor disability in childhood. According to CDC estimates, about 1 in 323 children have been identified with CP. But, what are the risk factors?
Parents tend to ask themselves numerous questions during prenatal care. Is it a boy or girl? Will the baby arrive early or late? During a pregnancy, parents look to medical professionals and established testing protocols to answer their single most important question: will my baby be healthy?
In our previous post, we began discussing the topic of medical negligence in the context of vaccination.
A California doctor recently became the subject of a complaint to that state's medical board that he was grossly negligent in writing a letter exempting a 2-year-old boy from further vaccination. According to the complaint, the letter was written after the mother complained about adverse side effects from previous vaccinations. The doctor was alleged to have never conducted any medical examinations to corroborate assertion of adverse side effects.