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The risk of a vacuum-assisted delivery

When a woman is in labor, there are many things that may not go as planned. If a woman is going through a difficult delivery or an emergency Cesarean section may be needed, then a North Carolina doctor may make the decision to conduct a vacuum-assisted delivery. As defined by Healthline, this type of delivery involves the use of a soft cup being placed on the baby’s head and a vacuum machine helping to pull the baby through the birth canal.

Any birth situation, natural, C-section or vacuum-assisted, has risks. The risks associated with a vacuum-assisted birth, though, are lower than those associated with a C-section. These risks can be increased if the procedure is not done correctly, which could be a medical negligence situation. Typically, though, an assisted birth is safer than a C-section as long as it properly performed.

What is nursing negligence?

When you are under the care of a nurse in North Carolina, you expect that person to act professionally. You expect him or her to have full training and to abide by all regulations and rules pertaining to your safety and care. You also expect that the nurse will do everything possible to ensure you are given the best care. However, things go wrong. Accidents happen, and people are fallible. This is where nursing negligence issues come in.

According to, nursing negligence is when a nurse causes a negative situation due to carelessness, laxity, inattention or disregard for standard medical practices and in doing his or her job. More specifically, to prove negligence, you need to prove four elements.

What are some of the causes of cerebral palsy?

If you are preparing to give birth, or your child is suffering from cerebral palsy, it may be helpful to understand some of the causes of this condition. Tragically, child birth can result in devastating injuries for mothers as well as newborns. In some cases, complications during the birthing process can even lead to the loss of life. If you live in Greenville, or another part of North Carolina, and are struggling with any of these hardships due to the negligence of your doctor or another medical professional, they must be held accountable.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that cerebral palsy has many causes. Sometimes, a child develops cerebral palsy during his or her mother's pregnancy or weeks after the mother gives birth. On the other hand, some cases occur during labor because of a physician's carelessness or inexperience, which an be incredibly upsetting for parents raising a child who never should have had cerebral palsy in the first place.

Woman loses an eye because of a dentist's mistake

When we think of medical malpractice, we usually think of negligent doctors, surgeons and nursing staff. But there's another area of medical malpractice that's overlooked: dental mistakes. But problems at the dentist can leave people with permanent injuries and even kill them. Some dentists and clinics will try to perform unnecessary procedures in order to cash in, leaving their patients permanently maimed. Others try to cut corners and end up injuring their patients.

Birth Injuries vs. Birth Defects

A birth injury is qualified as damage to the baby which occurs during the birthing procedure. This is important to distinguish from a birth defect, which is something that occurred prior to the birth, usually due to a variety of factors including but not limited to: genetics, drug use, and environment. It is difficult to say the cause of any and all birth defects. When it comes to birth injuries, however, the cause is usually quite clear.


Why hospital patients need to be concerned about sepsis - III

In today's post, we'll conclude our ongoing discussion of sepsis, which has been identified as not only one of the leading causes of hospital readmissions in the U.S., but also as a contributing factor in half of all hospital deaths.

Having already established what sepsis is, as well as it symptoms and the people most at risk of developing it, today's post will naturally focus on how the condition is both diagnosed and treated.

Why hospital patients need to be concerned about sepsis - II

In a previous post, we discussed how research has revealed that sepsis is not only a contributing factor in 50 percent of all hospital deaths, but that it is currently among the leading causes of hospital readmissions here in the U.S.

In recognition of these eye-opening findings and the fact that many people might not be very familiar with sepsis, we began discussing some background information on the condition. We'll continue these efforts in today's post.

FDA issues warning about a hidden danger in mobile medical carts

When you go to a doctor's office, outpatient clinic or hospital, you take it for granted that not only are you going to receive quality care from a medical professional, but also that they equipment on which they rely to provide this quality care will be both safe and functional.

While it's true that certain time-tested equipment is largely immune to any sort of mechanical mishaps, the same can't necessarily be said of those tools that have been present in exam rooms and operating rooms for shorter intervals.

Why care transitions in hospitals can be so dangerous

While much has been researched and written about the dangers associated with shift transitions in teaching hospitals, meaning the patient handoffs that occur when medical professionals clock in and out for shift changes, there has long been a dearth of insight into whether these same dangers are present during care transitions in teaching hospitals.

For those unfamiliar with the difference, care transitions mean the patient handoffs that occur in teaching hospitals when a whole team of physicians, including the attending physicians, residents and interns, hand over the care of a group of patients to an entirely new team of physicians every three to four weeks.

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