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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.”

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Hospitals Blame Mothers When Things Go Wrong

For five years, the Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC) Reduction Program has aimed to cut down on hospital-acquired injuries and infections by reducing Medicare reimbursements to facilities who rank in the bottom fourth of hospitals with patients who develop these conditions. Hospitals who scored in the bottom quarter will have their Medicare reimbursements slashed by 1% for all patient discharges from October 2018-September 2019.

Penalized Hospitals Have Highest Number of Avoidable Infections & Injuries

The information used to evaluate and penalize hospitals is obtained from a federal organization, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Each year, the group assesses the number of hospital patients who suffer an avoidable injury or infection while hospitalized.

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Hospital Emergency Rooms Struggle with Dementia Patients

Many people who have the beginning signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease may be elderly, frail, and have other underlying medical concerns which land them in an emergency room. Their confusion can trigger accidents due to mobility or unsafe environments, and forgetfulness leaves them prone to higher personal injury rates, dehydration and malnutrition, or medication under and overdoses. But despite the higher trends of patients arriving to the ER with memory and confusion related disease symptoms, too many emergency rooms are not equipped to manage them.

As our country’s population continues to grow in the number of people that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, the need for better health care services will expand as well. Until then, family members will have to stay vigilant in protecting their loved ones.

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Health System, Intensive Care Doctor, Pharmacist, and Nurse All Sued for Giving Excessive Doses of Powerful Pain Medicine

An Ohio hospital system has been at the center of intense scrutiny after one of its former intensive care doctors is said to have ordered “significantly excessive and potentially fatal” doses of “comfort” pain medicine for at least 27 near-death patients over the course of several years. One family is suing the health system as well as the doctor, pharmacist, and nurse responsible for allegedly giving an improper dose of fentanyl to their 79-year-old family member even though they had asked that lifesaving measures be stopped. Fentanyl, also known as Actiq, Duragesic or Sublimaze, is an especially potent painkiller used to treat extreme pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), strains of fentanyl can be up to 50 times more powerful than morphine.

Although the hospital, part of the larger Mount Carmel Health System, has since acknowledged the doses in many similar patient cases were larger than needed. A legal team will now investigate as to whether the acts were intentional, and if the lethal drugs were possibly used improperly to accelerate the patients’ deaths.

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