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Missed Signs Of Placental Abruption Lead To Medical Malpractice Lawsuits-jcuv是什么车

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UnCategorized Several serious .plications can develop when a pregnant woman reaches full term and is about to give birth. The baby’s health (and that of the mother in extreme cases) necessitates that doctors and nurses recognize when a placental abruption has occurred and to take timely and appropriate action. A placental abruption causes tearing of the blood vessels in the area where the placenta separates from the uterus which often, but not always, causes back or abdominal pain and heavy or persistent vaginal bleeding. Even when these signs are not present a change in the fetal heart rate to such a degree that the baby is said to be in fetal distress may also result from a placental abruption. The drop in the baby’s heart rate is due to the lack of oxygen supply resulting from the abruption. Below we examine two reported cases involving harm to a baby when a doctor or nurse did not take immediate action following after a placental abruption. One reported case involved a lawsuit pursued by parents whose baby was born still. The mother had gone to see her obstetrician because of persistent vaginal bleeding. She also had both back and abdominal pain. She was 38 years old at the time. Her obstetrician sent her home without any diagnostic testing to explain her symptoms. By the following day she had to go to the hospital after experiencing massive bleeding. While at the hospital the attending physician read the tracings from the fetal heart rate monitor as normal. Without any other testing, work up, or even ultrasound to determine the source of the bleeding, which continued along with the abdominal pain, the attending simply decided that she was not yet in labor and that it was fine to send her home. When the baby was finally delivered it became clear that the woman had suffered a placental abruption which was the cause of her bleeding and which in time took the baby’s life. The parents filed a lawsuit. The case went to trial and the jury awarded $1.65 million, according to the report by the law firm that handled the case. The other reported case the baby was also born still. The expectant mother went to the hospital to deliver her baby. She was admitted and examined. The examination revealed that her blood pressure was elevated. This should have prompted close monitoring of her blood pressure throughout the remainder of labor. But no other readings were taken. The nurse later documented in the chart that the expectant mother was having a contraction pattern that was unusual. The nurse did not consider the .bination of these two signs as suggestive of a potential placental abruption. The nurse therefore took no steps to protect the baby, did not attempt to resuscitate the baby, and did not notify a physician of the developments. The law firm that represented the mother was able to report a settlement in the amount of $300,000. Discussion: The expectant mother in the first cases showed 2 main signs of experiencing a placental abruption. The vaginal bleeding was actually described in her chart as "massive" and yet the doctor apparently only considered only the results of the fetal heart rate monitor. The doctor did not seem to consider that a placental abruption poses risk of possible harm to the baby and to the expectant mother who can go into shock or even die from excessive blood loss. The expectant mother in the second case had no visible bleeding but did present with an elevated blood pressure. She also had unusual patterns of contraction. These signs alone suggest the possibility of a .plication and merit close monitoring. There is no mention of the readings from the fetal heart rate monitor which might also have been a sign of a developing emergency .plication. Having been left alone to monitor the expectant mother the nurse did not inform the physician of these issues and made no effort at resuscitating or otherwise trying to protect the health of the unborn baby. A physician or nurse needs to realize that a .plication has developed in the pregnancy in order to take the action necessary to resolve the .plication while protecting the health of the unborn baby and the expectant mother. Depending on the nature of the .plication and its degree of severity this could result in a serious injury, or even death, to the baby or mother. In the cases examined above the failure to act in the presence of a placental abruption the baby was dead on delivery. The doctors and nurses involved either settled or were found liable by a jury. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: