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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.

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.

Assisted deliveries using forceps

While many Missouri women experience a problem-free birth of their babies, there are instances where the delivery of a child may not go as planned. In some of these cases, a doctor or health care professional may be required to provide assistance during the delivery. Depending on the circumstances, forceps may be used to help remove the infant from the birth canal.

Forceps are special tools designed to help doctors guide a baby's head out of the birth canal. They may be used if the mother suffers a medical emergency and can no longer push her baby out on her own or if the baby begins to show signs of stress and needs to be removed from the birth canal as soon as possible. Forceps may also be used if the mother has been pushing for a long period of time and can no longer continue the effort. In order for doctors to be able to use forceps, there are certain conditions that must be met. For example, the baby's head must be in the right position in the birth canal before forceps can be used.

Study shows malnutrition rampant in nursing homes

Missouri families who have family members living in nursing homes may be taken aback by the findings reported in a study endorsed by the Commonwealth Fund, a national think tank geared toward health care issues. Reportedly, more than 500,000 nursing home residents suffer from malnutrition or dehydration, with up to 50 percent of residents in some particular nursing homes being underweight.

This can be detrimental to the residents' health. According to the study, residents who were undernourished were likely to suffer more severe medical problems as well, including anemia, low blood pressure and tooth decay. The root of this problem may have multiple prongs.

Facing the responsibility for medical malpractice

When a medical error occurs because of a doctor, nurse or other member of a hospital staff, a patient who suffers injuries may be able to file a medical malpractice suit as a result of the negligent act or omission. Missouri residents who have been so injured may be able to name several defendants due to the principal of vicarious liability when filing a suit.

Vicarious liability could make the employer of a physician liable along with the physician, as an employer can face liability for an employee's negligence when it happens within the scope of employment. The scope of employment refers to time an employee was on the clock, the benefits a company received from an employee's action and the activities one was hired to complete.

Safety of ambulatory surgical centers

Missouri residents who are contemplating surgery at an ambulatory center may be concerned about the facility's safety record. Nearly 23 million procedures were done in ambulatory surgical centers in 2011. This figure represents an increase of 65 percent over 2006, and centers eligible for Medicare jumped from 3,779 in 2003 to 5,344 in 2011. Due to advances in anesthetic drugs, pain relievers and surgical techniques, ASCs are often the site of routine procedures such as colonoscopies, joint surgery, including hip replacements, and cataract surgery.

ASCs are usually owned by the physicians who perform procedures there enhancing their compensation. Patients enjoy the less crowded atmosphere and the personalized service they feel is lacking in hospitals. However, many hospitals have tighter safety regulations in place. To look at the issues surrounding safety, the University of Michigan studied 244,000 surgeries over the period from 2005 to 2010. Death or serious complications within 72 hours occurred in one out of every 1,000 cases resulting in 21 deaths and 232 injuries.

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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.