Monthly Archives: March 2016

Can Birth Injuries Cause Cerebral Palsy in Infants?

Medical mistakes made during birth can have permanent negative consequences for children and their families. Some birth injuries may cause cerebral palsy in infants, a condition that causes impairments in movement, speech or cognition. Cerebral palsy can arise from brain injuries caused by oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) or blunt force trauma. Many children will have difficulty walking, controlling muscle movement or speaking. Some will also suffer from cognitive impairments and intellectual disability. What types of birth injuries cause cerebral palsy? Mistakes made during cesarean sections can cause oxygen deprivation and brain damage. For example, if a doctor waits too long to perform the operation. Newborns affected by these mistakes can suffer from cerebral palsy. Several types of infections or health conditions are known to cause cerebral palsy. Jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and eyes caused by excessive levels of bilirubin) can cause kernicterus, a type of brain damage caused by…
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Can Electronic Health Records Help Your Medical Malpractice Case?

Many hospitals around the country have beefed up their technological infrastructure by adopting electronic health records (EHRs). EHRs can pull the medical histories of patients with ease. For example, EHRs may contain which medications patients are on, demographic information, known allergies and prior health conditions. Having such detailed information can also be beneficial for medical malpractice claims, which almost always rely heavily on medical records. EHRs have more data than paper records, meaning it could be easier to discover why medical mistakes were made and who might be a fault. However, EHRs also have some drawbacks. Depending on the circumstances, EHRs may contain inaccurate patient information. Inaccurate medical records may cause problems during lawsuits. Why EHRs Are Not Perfect Critics have claimed EHRs are prone to showing incorrect patient information. Information contained in EHRs may even be the reason for some medical malpractice claims. Software bugs and poorly designed dropdown…
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How Google Will Use Advanced Apps to Improve Patient Safety

Google is planning to use DeepMind, one of its acquired artificial intelligence companies, to improve patient safety for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS). The app, named Streams, will identify tasks doctors and other health care providers must perform to prevent patients from succumbing to kidney failure. Streams will have full access to the electronic health records of patients and will be able to identify the necessary staff and procedures for emergency events. By combing through pages of patient records with ease, Streams can very quickly develop treatment methods for patients facing various types of medical emergencies. DeepMind is developing Streams off of a prior app called Hark that was created by the Institute of Global Health Innovation. How Can Apps Improve Patient Safety? Streams is a major step forward in using technology and software to hasten the response times of nurses, doctors and other hospital staff. It was…
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