The birth of a child is supposed to be a time of happiness. Yet, all too often the birthing process goes wrong and children wind up seriously injured. Though sometimes these harms are so severe they are immediately obvious, others may require an attentive eye to catch. However, all birth injuries, whether seemingly serious or minor, can have a significant impact on a child's life. Therefore, parents should be aware of the signs and symptoms of some of the more common types of birth injuries.
Expecting mothers and fathers are often excited to bring a new child into their family. However, the birth process is not easy. A lot of planning and healthcare is involved, and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of many individuals to ensure everything goes smoothly. The center piece of this complex period is an expecting mother's doctor. He or she is crucial to ensuring prenatal care is sufficient and that the birthing process itself is done safely.
The medical field is constantly evolving. New medications and medical practices promise to give patients more accurate and effective treatment. However, not all innovations are great for patients. In fact, researchers have discovered that when minimally invasive robotic surgery is used to treat prostate cancer, patients may be put at an increased risk of harm. The study, published in JAMA Surgery, found that in 2006 the incidents of harm doubled amongst patients, which corresponds with the year robotic surgery for prostate cancer was accepted at many hospitals.
Advancements in pharmaceutical drugs have revolutionized healthcare. By swallowing a pill or receiving an injection, many patients can lessen the severity of painful symptoms or even beat a medical condition altogether. As amazing as medicine has become, it may be hard for some to believe that it can be extremely dangerous, and even deadly, if not taken properly. In fact, more than 7,000 Americans die each year as a result of medication errors.
Those who have had surgery or are about to have an operation know how nervous an individual can get before going under the knife. These nerves are well-founded. A slip of a scalpel, inattentive medical professionals, and inaccurate acts can leave a patient maimed and with life-long pain. In some instances they are fatal. Those who are injured by a surgical error may face a painful, depressing, life-long road to recovery.
Nearly every patient is exposed to the potential for medical malpractice. Fortunately, though, most of these patients never even know of the risk because properly trained and attentive doctors provide then with adequate care. Yet, every year, thousands of instances of hospital negligence occur, leaving thousands of individuals with serious injuries.
Though expecting parents do not like to hear it, things can go wrong during the birthing process. The good news, though, is that doctors are typically well-trained to handle these situations and to deliver the child without harm to him or her or the mother. However, sometimes errors in judgment occur and completely preventable, senseless harm befalls an innocent baby. When this happens, parents should seek to hold accountable the negligent medical professionals who harmed their child while at the same time seeking to recover damages.
Many Oregonian's have likely heard the heat the Veterans' Administration is under for providing no or subpar treatment to our nation's veterans. However, it takes a personal account of poor healthcare to paint the picture that statistics cannot. One man's horror story has recently come to life, and it may leave some squeamish and angry.
Some hospital tasks are so easy that doctors and nurses can perform them mindlessly, which could spell trouble for Oregon's patients. Tossing single-use syringes after their initial use, for example, should be common sense in the medical profession and is a simple way to keep patients safe from infectious diseases. Yet, a man who was diagnosed with Hepatitis C has recently filed lawsuit against a hospital and nurse who failed to adhere to this simplistic safety measure and reused a single-use syringe.
Oregon's doctors often have to make quick decisions in order to save patients' lives. Though some mistakes are bound to happen in some situations, other cases present such an obvious problem that doctors should be able to take the appropriate steps to prevent further harm to the patient. Unfortunately, though, even these easy cases are sometimes botched.