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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.

The conditions that are most often misdiagnosed

The rate of misdiagnosed conditions across U.S. medical facilities continues to be a problem for health professionals, and the situation may not improve anytime soon despite continued efforts to reduce occurrences. Missouri residents might be able to improve their chances of being diagnosed by understanding the definition of misdiagnosis and knowing the most common conditions that are misdiagnosed.

According to the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, a misdiagnosis is the delayed, wrong or missed detection of an condition. The SIDM's founder and president says that the major areas of misdiagnosis have remained relatively unchanged. Diagnostic errors consistently involve cardiovascular diseases, such as strokes, aortic dissections and heart attacks. They also frequently involve infections and heart attacks.

Medication error cited in hospital patient's death

Missouri residents may be unaware of the large number of deaths that occur each year in the U.S. from hospital errors. A medical journal report published in 2013 links preventable hospital errors to the deaths of anywhere from 210,000 to 400,000 people yearly. One such death involved a 65-year-old woman in Bend, Oregon, who was allegedly given the wrong intravenous medication.

The woman came to the emergency room at St. Charles Health System with dosage questions about medication she was given after a recent brain surgery. Two days later, she died at the hospital after being administered a paralyzing agent rather than an anti-seizure medication. Upon receiving the wrong drug, the patient went into cardiac arrest, stopped breathing and suffered irreversible brain damage. She was placed on life support but was removed from it later and died.

Residents may abuse other residents in nursing homes

Many Missouri residents who rely on nursing homes have probably heard about nursing home abuse and mistreatment. While many may believe that any injury that occurred to their elderly loved one may have been caused by a nursing home staff member, a report released on Nov. 20 found that some injuries may be caused by other residents.

A team of researchers analyzed 2,011 residents who were living in 10 nursing homes. To determine the extent of any incidents that occurred at the nursing home, the residents and their family members were interviewed, and reports made by the nursing staff were compiled. The study, which is the first of its kind, found that, in a 4-week period, 20 percent of elderly residents were involved in disruptive incidents that often resulted in injuries. These incidents ranged from simple theft of roommate's belongings to violent outbursts. Incidents of sexual assault among residents were also common, according to the report.

Treatment for Erb's Palsy

Erb's palsy is a birth injury that affects children in Missouri and the rest of the U.S. In every 1,000 babies born, about one or two infants may develop this form of brachial plexus palsy. Affecting the brachial plexus nerves around the neck, Erb's palsy can cause weakness and loss of movement in the arm. Many cases of Erb's palsy are found to be the result of a baby's neck being stretched during a difficult birth.

The majority of babies born with Erb's palsy are able to recover in about two years as their damaged nerves heal. A doctor should examine a baby that is diagnosed with Erb's palsy periodically to ensure that the child's nerves are recovering properly. Daily physical therapy can also help a baby with Erb's palsy. Beginning when a baby is 3 weeks old, parents can start doing range-of-motion exercises at home on a daily basis.

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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.