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Why are more women dying during childbirth?

America has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed nation in the world. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation (CDC), over 700 women die each year in the United States from pregnancy-related complications. Additionally, 65,000 more pregnant women almost die.

Researchers calculate the maternal mortality rate by the number of women who die while pregnant, during delivery or within 42 days of childbirth. In the United States, around 26.4 mothers die for every 100,000 live births. The next closest country is the United Kingdom with 9.2 deaths, whereas Finland is as low as 3.8 deaths.

What causes cerebral palsy in young children?

All parents worry about their children at some point or another. However, it can be scary and heartbreaking for parents to consider that a child may be affected by a disorder like cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the motor cortex of the brain. This damage can affect a child’s motor skills, impacting movement and speech. However, symptoms will vary from child to child because the symptoms correlate with the severity and timing of the brain injury.

Birth delays may lead to serious medical concerns

Many expectant parents focus on everything they need to do prior to welcoming their child into the world. There is a nursery to prepare. There are purchases to make. There are daycare arrangements to make and car seats to install, not to mention the birth plan that must be established.

However, most expectant parents do not consider what they would do in the event of a birth injury. Rather, people typically anticipate that the birth of their baby will go smoothly, resulting in a healthy bundle of joy.

What are the signs of nursing home neglect?

For families with loved ones in an Ohio nursing home, worries about the quality of the care being offered are common. While you expect a facility to go above and beyond when caring for residents, the truth is that many homes leave a lot to be desired. To ensure your relative is well cared for, Next Avenue offers the following signs that a nursing home may be neglectful.

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VA hospital accused of negligence in lawsuit

Many Ohioans believe that veterans deserve the best possible medical care due to the sacrifices that they often must make in the interest of keeping the country safe. However, a class-action lawsuit alleges that thirteen plaintiffs not only received substandard care from a podiatrist with a Veterans Administration health care system in northern Indiana but that federal government employees knowingly concealed the negligence from veterans treated at the facility.

It is not completely clear what the negligent treatment consisted of, but a 2017 internal review at the facility indicated that a small percentage of the podiatrist's patients received substandard care over a seven-year period from 2009 to 2016. After reporting the physician to the Indiana Board of Podiatry and terminating his employment, officials of the VA identified the patients affected and called them into a meeting to apologize and inform them of their options. At the meeting, the thirteen affected veterans met with the succeeding podiatrist and other Fort Wayne VA officials, who informed the one-time patients that they were victims of medical malpractice and provided them with an application form to file disability claims. 

How is retinopathy of prematurity treated?

If your baby's birth in Ohio occurred before the 31-week mark, there is a chance that he or she could develop retinopathy of prematurity. According to WebMD, ROP is a condition of the eye affecting premature infants that can lead to vision loss.

In addition to prematurity, your baby's birthweight is another indication of whether he or she may develop the condition. ROP can affect babies weighing less than 2.75 pounds at birth, and smaller babies are at greater risk. 

Donated organ takes unexpected journey

People in Ohio might assume that the system via which human organs are donated is well regulated with strong oversight to ensure patient safety. While that is a logical assumption given the extremely delicate and important nature of organ donation, a recent incident in the Pacific Northwest indicates this is not the case at all.

As explained by The Seattle Times, an organization called the United Network for Organ Sharing oversees safety standard enforcement at the 58 organ procurement organizations nationwide. Each of these OPOs is assigned to a particular geographical region giving it essentially a monopoly on organ donation for that area. There is some governmental oversight of the program by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services but that is said to be quite light. 

Doctors who commit malpractice can still practice somewhere else

Despite their experience and the amount of time they spent in school, medical professionals are still human and can occasionally screw up. However, when a doctor makes a mistake, the results tend to be more life-threatening than other positions. A botched surgery could leave someone disabled for the rest of their days and reliant on other treatments and operations. Some of these failures have resulted in doctors surrendering their medical license in the state. It can make some of the victims and their families feel better that the doctor will not endanger anyone else.

However, surrendering a medical license in one state doesn’t stop a doctor from doing their job in another. A recent article by USA Today highlights just how many physicians continued to practice medicine after surrendering one of their state licenses and why it keeps occurring to this day.

Recognizing retinopathy of prematurity malpractice

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an eye disease that occurs in premature babies. Generally, it is most common in babies who are born prior to 31 weeks and weigh under three pounds.

The disease causes blood vessels to develop abnormally on an infant’s retina, which is a tissue in the back of the eye. These abnormal blood vessels can create several issues, including severe vision impairment and even blindness.

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