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Preventing Medical Errors in the NICU

According to the Journal of Patient Safety, preventable medical errors cause at least 210,000 deaths per year. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease and cancer. Unfortunately, mistakes made in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) represent a significant part of those numbers. The Archives of Disease in…

Long-Term Effects of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) & Basal Ganglia Brain Injury

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and basal ganglia brain injury are often caused by the baby receiving insufficient oxygen during or near the time of birth. HIE and basal ganglia brain damage can cause a baby to have long-term conditions such as cerebral palsy, seizures and developmental delays.

Improper use of Oxytocin and vacuum extractors results in oxygen deprivation and delayed delivery; child suffers from PVL and cerebral palsy.

Physicians ignored fetal distress and administered excessive Oxytocin, which caused hyperstimulation of the uterus and oxygen deprivation in the baby. The physicians also improperly used vacuum extractors and failed to quickly deliver the baby, resulting in further oxygen deprivation. The baby suffered permanent brain damage and was later diagnosed with PVL and cerebral palsy.