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February 2013 Archives

New Technology Could Help Guide Brachial Plexus Surgeries, Pt. 1

A team of researchers from the University of Delaware is adapting a suite of motion analysis technology systems to help victims of brachial plexus birth palsy. Brachial plexus birth palsy is a potentially serious birth injury that can have lifelong consequences for victims and their families. If this new approach is successful, doctors will be able to provide better treatment for these individuals.

Hospital Injuries: Hand Sanitizer Ignites 11-Yr-Old Patient

It will come as no surprise to our readers that hospital negligence can injure patients in unexpected but serious ways. A recent story is drawing new attention to these risks after a seemingly improbable situation left an 11-year-old girl with severe burns on 12 percent of her body.

Birth-Control Defects and "Wrongful Birth" Lawsuits

For most families, the arrival of a child should be a joyful occasion. However, in some situations, an unexpected newborn poses a serious difficulty. Many families take proactive precautions to ensure that they will not be confronted with a pregnancy until they are ready - birth-control pills are one of the most common and convenient forms of contraception available today.

Malpractice and Radiology: Most Cases Involve Diagnostic Problems

Many Americans associate medical malpractice with surgical mistakes like wrong-site procedures. However, malpractice-related harms can come from a number of sources - some of which might not be obvious to many patients.

What Is Shoulder Dystocia And How Can It Affect A Birth

One of the most serious delivery complications is known as shoulder dystocia. While shoulder dystocia should not lead to permanent consequences - but if a doctor, nurse or midwife makes any mistakes, any kind of dystocia can lead to serious problems for the mother and baby.

Another Study Agrees That Smoking Bans Reduce Premature Births

One of the most comprehensive studies to date backed up previous conclusions that smoke-free laws help reduce the rate of preterm births. These researchers looked at a three-phase smoking ban and tracked how each new stage affected the rate of premature deliveries. This analysis showed a significant improvement - especially from the stages of the ban that reduced exposure to second-hand smoke.

Family Sues After Postpartum Negligence Claimed Mother's Life

A doctor's work is not finished when a new baby arrives. As a tragic new lawsuit demonstrates, safe care requires doctors and hospitals to carefully monitor mothers after a birth. If the mother complains of dangerous symptoms, doctors have a responsibility to try to diagnose and treat the problem.

Pediatric Strokes: Misdiagnoses Often Harm Newborns

It might come as a surprise to many Ohio parents to learn that pediatric stroke is one of the ten most common causes of death for children in the United States. An estimated 3,000 children have a stroke every year, often within the first weeks of life.

Episiotomies: An Often Unnecessary Incision Can Have Consequences

When it comes to childbirth, the wrong procedure at the wrong time can have a dangerous and long-lasting impact on Ohio families. Episiotomies are a good example. Although episiotomies are sometimes necessary to ensure a safe delivery, doctors often use them to speed up the birthing process - jeopardizing the mother's long-term health.

"Sloppy" Copy and Paste Errors Exist in Many Medical Records

Electronic health records or "EHRs" have taken over American hospitals in the last ten years. Proponents hoped that using electronic documentation would improve patient safety - all caregivers would have immediate online access to all of the patient's medical information in the same place.

Global Study: Air Pollution Exposure Linked To Smaller Birth Size

Based on an analysis of more than 3 million births from around the world, researchers announced that more exposure to air pollution apparently correlates with low birth weights. This study has big implications for Ohio mothers - numerous complications and health conditions can affect babies with low birth weight.

New Rules Require Sports Opportunities For Disabled Students

A devastating birth injury like cerebral palsy can affect a child's development in countless ways. One big consequence of a physical impairment is a de facto exclusion from sports opportunities. In what activists are calling a "land mark moment for students with disabilities," the Education Department recently issued a new order requiring schools to provide more equal access to the benefits of sports.

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