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Terrifying Conclusions Stem from U.S. Maternal Mortality Reports & Investigations

Expecting moms are now 50 percent more likely to die in childbirth than their own mothers, according to Harvard Medical School. This staggering realization was proven by more than 50,000 cases of women who have suffered severe complications from childbirth and pregnancy-related illnesses or under-treated diseases and the 700+ more who are dying each year from them, a majority of deaths experts now say could have been avoided. These numbers rank the U.S. as the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world, positioning health care providers to blame for their failures and carelessness in keeping mothers and babies safe during pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum stages.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Boston University researchers, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.S. Public Health Service recently released an outpour of data showing just how scary it is for American women to experience childbirth today. Here is a closer look at three recent reports to show the desperate need for a drastically different approach in providing better care to women before and beyond their pregnancies.

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Medical Mistakes, Deadly Infections, and Dangerous Safety Concerns Rise at Chicago’s Low-Ranking Hospitals

It is probably well assumed that if you visit a low-rated anything, whether it be a restaurant, hotel, or even law firm, your experience may not be the best. Unfortunately, the same goes for the one place you would expect experience ratings to always be high – your local hospital.

A new analysis based on data collected from about 2,600 U.S. hospitals since 2016 by non-profit Leapfrog, a group responsible for issuing letter grades to hospitals based on safety and quality, show patients are at considerable risk for personal injuries when receiving care from a poorly graded health system. Leapfrog provides public information graded on a scale of A thru F about things such as medical errors, infections, and injuries. The organization is often viewed tougher than the federal government’s hospital watchdogs.

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6 Wrongful Death Lawsuits Settled for Ohio Families Impacted in Deadly Pain Medication Scandal

Several news outlets from Columbus, including WBNS-10TV, are reporting two additional families representing Ohio patients who died from fentanyl overdoses at Mount Carmel West have reached separate wrongful death settlement agreements totaling $700,000.

  • Court records reveal one of the settlements involves patient Peggy Francies who died in October of 2017. Her family will receive $500,000 in compensation.

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Arizona Hospital Staff Drop Infant After Delivery and Dad Catches It on Video

The parents of an infant girl have shared a disturbing video taken by the newborn’s father shortly after she was born alongside her twin sister on February 14, 2019. The video takes place at Chandler Regional Medical Center in Chandler, Arizona hospital and shows the newborn, named Morgan, haphazardly dropped on her head just moments after the birth while being tended to by three employees.

The video, posted on Facebook by the girl’s mother Monique Rodgers, is troubling to watch. In the mother’s comments related to the post she shared that, “I was never notified she was dropped. I would like to prevent this from happening to other children being born at this hospital.”

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What to Do If You Suspect Your Baby’s Brain Injury Was Caused by Oxygen Deprivation at Birth 

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), sometimes called neonatal asphyxia, is a very serious birth complication created by an obstruction in blood flow in the brain during the prenatal, intrapartum or postnatal period. In shorter words, it happens when the fetus or infant’s brain is injured because of a lack of oxygen-rich blood.

HIE requires immediate medical intervention and can lead to the death of the child. For those that survive, mental disabilities and intellectual impairment, will occur in the first two years of age. These babies are also at greater risk of cerebral palsy, epilepsy, vision and hearing loss. Advanced research on HIE published in the American Journal of Perinatology has tied oxygen deprivation complications at birth to autism spectrum disorders and a range of other neurodevelopmental abnormalities.

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Westlake Hospital Stays Open for Now, Community Leaders Say There Are Not Enough Staff to Care for Patients 

By court order, Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park is to stay open and keep patient safety a top concern. Previously, a Cook County Circuit Court judge granted Melrose Park a temporary restraining order, prohibiting Pipeline Health (owners of Westlake) from further minimizing services or staffing after they had announced the hospital would no longer be admitting new patients and transferring others.

But local lawmaker Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch of Westchester says that despite the newest court order to stay open and treat patients, Pipeline Health is still “turning employees and staff away.”

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Even with High Cost of Malpractice Insurance, Preventing Medical Errors Should Remain Focus of All Doctors

On March 25, 2019 WalletHub, a consumer-finance research website, released a report which ranked Illinois as the 40th best place to practice medicine in the United States. Researchers analyzed all U.S. states and the District of Columbia across two key dimensions, “Opportunity & Competition” and “Medical Environment” and then evaluated those dimensions using 18 weighted metrics, graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for practicing doctors.

Those 18 metrics include:

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FDA Releases Statement on Dangers of Staplers Used in Common Surgeries

Everyday medical devices such as surgical staplers can be beneficial tools and aid procedures in both time and recovery when used correctly. But after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed an increasing number of reports in line with the use of these common devices, the need to update safety recommendations and remind medical providers of the risks associated with the devices’ safety became correspondingly apparent.

“As part of our public health mission, it is important that we communicate with the public when we become aware of issues stemming from the use, or misuse, of medical devices.”

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Electronic Health Record Issues Serve Important Purpose in Malpractice Cases

An American Journal of Emergency Medicine study found an emergency room doctor will make approximately 4,000 computer clicks related to electronic health or medical records (EHR) over the course of one single shift. Although the evolution of a medical record turned electronic has been positioned to save money, eliminate mistakes in medicine and bring higher-quality and transparent care to patients, the painful truth and untruths of EHRs and related technologies continue to be known as physicians express angst and sometimes fear of using the systems.

Today, 96 percent of hospitals have adopted the patient and medical care tracking technology so there is no doubt room for user error sits ever-so present for billions of Americans, putting them at risk for death and serious injury. Software glitches and other flaws can also go unseen and contribute to disastrous patient safety and privacy issues.

“Safety advocates said that without access to public data, it has been too easy for hospitals to excuse poor outcomes by blaming mothers’ health problems.”

-USA Today

Hospitals Blame Mothers When Things Go Wrong

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