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Decreasing the odds of delivery mistakes in Missouri

When a baby dies or is injured during childbirth, it can cause emotional pain for parents. It can also increase liability costs for doctors who deliver babies, and it is one reason why many are being driven out of the profession. However, the rate of injuries and death during childbirth could be dramatically reduced with basic safety programs.

That is the finding of a report from one study that tracked the results of four hospitals over 15 years. One of the issues that was addressed during the safety training was effective communication. Breakdowns in communication were blamed for as many as 65 percent of catastrophic outcomes during childbirth. Another part of the safety training was the implementation of simulated deliveries, which allowed medical professionals to practice emergency situations during childbirth.

Study finds regular misdiagnoses of breast biopsies

Published in "The Journal of the American Medical Association" on March 13, a study on analysis of breast tissue biopsies by pathologists may be of concern to women in Missouri. The study looked at diagnoses from 115 pathologists on 240 samples from breast biopsies. The researchers compared their medical opinions to those of three experts. The results showed that on a regular basis, pathologists have difficulty agreeing on the diagnosis for precancerous conditions, which may lead to a patient receiving unnecessary treatment or not enough treatment for a condition.

Biopsy specialists analyze breast tissue biopsies due to findings of suspicious growths on mammograms, the standard tests used for looking for abnormalities on breast tissue. Using mammograms as a diagnosis tool has proven to be an inexact science and sometimes lead to the wrong diagnosis and treatment. Failure to diagnose patients correctly proved to be an issue in almost 50 percent of the diagnoses of precancerous conditions in the study.

Possible bone injuries to newborns in Missouri

When a baby is born, it is possible that he or she could suffer from a variety of bone injuries. One of the most common injuries during delivery is a fracture of the clavicle. While it is often hard to avoid or predict, it may happen more often when there are issues with birth weight. It may also be more common when a baby is delivered with forceps.

In the event of such an injury, arm motion may be limited, and the injury should heal itself within seven to 10 days. Doctors may also look for injuries to the spine if a fracture occurs to the clavicle. Another common bone injury occurs to long bones throughout the body. If a baby loses spontaneous arm or leg movement, it is considered a sign that a long bone injury has occurred. The area of the body that is effected is generally placed in a splint, and recovery takes anywhere from two to four weeks.

Missouri parents and laryngeal nerve damage

In Missouri and elsewhere, births may sometimes be accompanied by laryngeal nerve damage, an injury to the nerve that affects a baby's ability to swallow, cry and breathe. In most cases, this type of birth trauma is self-reversing, with recovery periods ranging from 4 to 12 weeks depending on the severity of the injury. In more severe cases such as those involving damage to both sides of the body, tracheotomy or a special kind of feeding may be necessary.

The exact mechanism that causes laryngeal nerve damage is unknown. It is believed to be a result of the infant's head moving a certain, incorrect way during the birthing and delivery process and may occur in the womb or during delivery. Certain other rare but potentially life-threatening disorders and birth injuries may mimic the effects of laryngeal nerve damage, making immediate testing and appropriate diagnosis essential.

Nursing home neglect is not acceptable

Nursing homes are designed to provide care for older adults and disabled persons who are unable to care for themselves. Many families rely on nursing homes to take care of their loved ones who need around-the-clock medical monitoring and treatment.

It is reasonable to expect that a nursing home resident will be treated with compassion, respect and provided the highest level of care; however, that is not always the case. For this reason, families that can afford it sometimes hire private sitters or care managers to make sure their loved ones' needs are met in a nursing home. Others try to visit as often as possible to monitor the care that a family member receives. However, no family should be required to go to these measures to assure that a nursing home fulfills its lawful and moral obligation to a resident.

Diagnosing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Missouri residents who have been coughing for a long period of time may have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A doctor can run a variety of tests to determine if an individual has COPD or if it is another ailment. First, a doctor will listen to a patient's lungs through a stethoscope to listen for wheezing or labored breathing. Next, a doctor will conduct lung function tests.

These tests will determine how much air is getting in and out of the lungs and how long it takes to do so. Lung tests will also determine how well the lungs deliver oxygen to the blood. Through a spirometer, a medical professional can get an objective look at how well a patient breathes. After taking a baseline test, the patient may be given breathing medication before doing another test to see if the medication made any tangible impact.

Risks of vacuum-assisted births Missouri parents need to know

Medical interventions are sometimes needed during the birthing process. This is especially true when labor stalls. A vacuum extraction tool that attaches to the infant's head is one of the options a physician may turn to during a difficult birth.

Although vacuum extraction births can be successful and are known to reduce the incidence of vaginal injuries, the method does present risks to the infant. Hemorrhaging inside the cranium of the infant is a primary risk. The pressure of the vacuum extractor's suction cup on the infant's head applies more pressure than a forceps delivery. This increased pressure is believed to be why brain bleeding is more commonly associated with vacuum extraction.

Common issues leading to malpractice cases

There are several common problems with medical care in Missouri that can result in medical errors being made, potentially resulting in harm to the patient. By being aware of certain problems, people may be able to reduce their risk of suffering from a harmful incident. A big problem is that although there is normally a smaller medical staff working on weekends than during the week, there are no fewer sick people on the weekends. People who are admitted into the hospital on the weekend may be seen by inexperienced staff and may also not be seen quickly, due to a high number of patients assigned to each staff person.

Since doctors rotate weekends, people also are less likely to see their regular doctor, and the doctor that is assigned may not specialize in the type of medical issue they are suffering from. Weekends also demonstrate an increased death rate following surgery of 2 percent than surgeries scheduled during other times of the week, something that researchers believe results from medical staff rushing to leave when working on the weekends.

Factors contributing to the increase in measles cases

The number of confirmed cases of measles has increased to 64 already in January 2015, and it is believed that this number will rise to its highest in almost 20 years. Missouri residents might want to be aware of two factors that are contributing to this increase, which are young doctors and parents who do not understand the danger.

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease that causes fever, pink eye and a rash that starts from the forehead and spreads down the body. In 1961, the year prior to the release of the measles vaccine, 481,530 cases of measles were reported. This number dropped to just 37 cases in 2004, but there has been a steady increase in case numbers since then. As of Jan. 28, 2015, there were outbreaks in California and 11 other states.

Parents of son with cerebral palsy sue hospital for $36M

Expectant parents in Missouri might have heard that parents in Portland, Oregon, are suing a hospital for negligence after it allegedly mishandled their son's water birth delivery. The parents are seeking approximately $36 million in damages for current and future medical costs as well as for their son's pain and suffering.

The popularity of water births has been on the rise in recent years. The health system's website lists them as being offered at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where the boy was born, as well as at Legacy Family Birth Centers. Allegedly, the hospital incorrectly informed the parents that a water birth would be safer, and that the procedure would be a good fit with the mother's condition. The parents allege that a C-section should have been performed instead. They also allege that there was no supervising obstetrician present during the water birth. There were, however, nurses and midwives present to oversee the delivery.

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About Monsees & Mayer Missouri Lawyers

The attorneys at Monsees & Mayer handle cases where people have been injured. If you need a lawyer for personal injury representation in Missouri or Kansas, call 866.774.3233.