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What are the risks of having a C-section delivery?

Vaginal deliveries are not as common as they once were. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 1.3 million babies are delivered by a cesarean delivery (C-section) in the United States each year. That is roughly one in every three babies born. However, C-sections carry much higher risks for mothers and babies than vaginal births.

Some of the most common risks associated with a C-section delivery include:

Tips To Avoid Medication Errors In The Emergency Room

Thousands of Americans each year are injured due to medication errors that occur in a hospital’s emergency department. One mistake by a nurse or anesthesiologist is all it takes to change your life forever.

In such high-pressure emergency department scenarios, doctors, nurses, aides and paramedics face numerous challenges – any of which can lead to a mistake. Some may occur because hospital staff is relying on incomplete medical information or obsolete prescription drug information. Other times, a mistake can occur due to a miscommunication between members of the hospital team.

Study finds Group B Strep infections linked to 147K stillbirths

An estimated 21 million pregnant women carry the Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria. This translates to one in every five pregnant women. Without treatment, this bacterium can result in serious injury, including stillbirth. This piece will provide some information on this dangerous infection and explore the findings of the study.

What is GBS? GBS is one of many types of bacteria that commonly live within the body. Although it does not often cause illness, it can cause an infection in an infant during birth. Because infants do not have a fully developed immune system, they are at an increased risk of developing a serious infection when exposed to this bacterium. 

Medical negligence and paralysis: 4 common legal claims

Quadriplegia is not a typical surgical outcome. In most cases, patients who undergo spinal surgery and experience paralysis as a result of the procedure are victims of adverse events. As such, these patients may be eligible for compensation to help cover the costs associated with the injury through a medical malpractice claim.

Meningitis can be difficult to diagnose

Many Arizona residents who experience symptoms such as a fever, headache and stiff neck simply assume they've contracted the latest strain of flu bug that's going around. If a doctor makes the same assumption without further checks, the results could be deadly. Some forms of meningitis exhibit those identical signs, but there are tests to help make the proper diagnosis.

Health care professionals report that among the five types of meningitis, two are most prevalent. One of those, viral meningitis, is relatively benign and typically resolves itself without additional intervention. Bacterial meningitis, the other common form, can progress rapidly and must be addressed by treatment. Simple physical exams, capable of being conducted right in the doctor's examination room, can be indicative of the possibility of bacterial meningitis.

Some forms of birth injury are preventable

Birth injuries can range from relatively minor to severe and even life threatening. Similarly, the range of causes may vary from unavoidable events to entirely preventable health care mistakes. One of the more problematic aspects of birth injuries for Arizona parents is that the symptoms might not present themselves in the days immediately after birth.

Most mild birth injuries are readily apparent and most often involve either damage to the child from the use of forceps or vacuum extraction techniques. Bruising, lacerations or perhaps even broken bones can be classified as mild due to the fact the injuries heal quickly and result in no permanent health concerns. Other types of injuries, often resulting from delayed birth, can be much more serious.

Interpreter services in emergency medical care

English is a second language for many people living in Arizona. Unfortunately, these language barriers can be a problem when a patient who is not fluent in English comes to an emergency room for critical care.

Interpreter services are often unavailable in hospital emergency departments due to lack of funding and staffing. However, research suggests that having trained interpreters available can reduce the number of readmissions for people with limited English proficiency and improve patient outcomes. Having a professional interpreter readily available can help reduce the risk of misdiagnosis and medical errors.

Study reveals risk for complications after noncardiac surgery

Arizona residents who have been hospitalized for noncardiac surgery will want to know about a new study that points out a certain risk. According to the data, those who undergo noncardiac surgery may develop complications that lead to heart attack, stroke or death.

Researchers looked at over 10 million hospitalizations in the U.S. between 2004 and 2013 and found these complications in 317,000 cases. That amounts to 3 percent, or 1 in 33, of all U.S. hospitalizations for noncardiac surgery. Researchers further estimate that every year in this country, there are 150,000 cases of heart attack or stroke following noncardiac surgery. And this may be an underestimate.

Healthcare providers liable for artificial intelligence mistakes

Many Arizona patients trust their doctors and healthcare professionals when they need medical care or surgery. As technology continues to advance, more tools, including machines, are becoming available to assist in surgeries and other procedures. However, there are questions arising over who is legally responsible when machines or other technology results in a misdiagnosis or other harm.

Artificial intelligence has the ability to drastically reduce the number of medical errors that are made. In many cases, the technology already available can match or even exceed the success rate of specialists in certain medical areas. For example, some studies suggest that AI systems are able to better identify heart attack risks from chest scans than cardiologists.

What causes cerebral palsy in newborn babies?

Cerebral palsy is a condition caused by abnormal brain development or a serious brain injury during the early development of a baby's cerebrum. The condition can be seriously disabling for those who suffer from it, as it can negatively affect the individual's ability to control the muscles of the body that are in charge of movement, posture and speech.

Cerebral palsy can occur naturally for unknown reasons during the development of the child, or it can happen as a result of doctor errors and birth injuries during pregnancy and delivery.

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