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November 2011 Archives

What is Erb's palsy and shoulder dystocia?: Part 2

The previous post began to discuss brachial plexus birth injuries, Erb's palsy and other nerve injuries as part of a five-part series on birth injuries on this blog. The first post in the series discussed excessive jaundice and kernicterus in newborns.

Erb's palsy, a preventable birth injury: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, a recent column in The Holland Sentinel discussed brachial plexus injuries and Erb's palsy and how they can be preventable injuries. The mother who wrote the column said that she wanted other mothers who are expecting a child or planning to have one to know about the injury in order to possibly have a better chance of avoiding it.

Erb's palsy, a preventable birth injury: Part 1

A recent column in The Holland Sentinel discussed brachial plexus injuries and how they can be preventable. The author of the column has a boy who was born with Erb's palsy because he had a difficult delivery and the nerves in his shoulder were damaged while he was being born. The baby was stuck in the birth canal and was pushed on by a nurse and pulled by a doctor in order to be born, which took a final three hours of labor.

What is Erb's palsy and shoulder dystocia?: Part 1

This blog will discuss several different birth injuries in five posts in order to explain what is involved in these conditions. In the previous post, excessive newborn jaundice was discussed. The second and third post in the series will discuss brachial palsy, Erb's Palsy, brachial plexus injuries and shoulder dystocia.

Doctor database reopens but with restrictions for journalists: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, the Health Resources and Services Administration in September took down a database where doctors who had medical malpractice claims brought against them and settled were listed. The doctors were listed anonymously, but journalists sometimes identified doctors partly through the list, but also through other sources and investigative techniques.

Doctor database reopens but with restrictions for journalists: Part 1

At the beginning of September, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) took down a public database where doctors who had medical malpractice actions taken against them were listed anonymously. The HRSA cut off the public's access to the site because journalists sometimes identified doctors on the site with a history of medical malpractice claims being brought against them through the use of other sources and investigative journalism techniques.

Infant mortality rates in U.S. among worst of developed nations

A recent opinion piece in CNN by a woman who works as an executive in the fields of maternal health and public health says that the U.S. needs to do more to prevent infant mortality. She says that it is terrible that the U.S. ranks behind the majority of developed countries in rates of infant mortality.

Settlement reached for toddler's amputations in medical malpractice case

A recent medical malpractice settlement involved a little girl who was born healthy, but as a toddler was a victim of medical errors and an extreme ER delay that have left her disabled for life. The little girl came down with a staph infection, but her parents did not know what it was. They noticed she had a fever and was growing progressively weaker and decided to bring her to the ER; they trusted that the doctors there would know what was causing her illness.

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