After Missing Signs That Baby Has A Group B Strep Infection Doctor Is Sued For Medical

UnCategorized Imagine yourself the patent of a newborn. Perhaps it is your first baby. There were no .plications during your pregnancy. Your baby was born healthy. For weeks everything has appeared to be going well. And now your baby develops a fever that turns into a high 104 degree fever and he begins to grunt. You get concerned enough that you take your baby to the emergency room. The emergency room physician examines your baby, tells you it is most likely just a viral infection, and says your baby will be fine and you can take him home. You are told just to give him Tylenol and to give him sponge baths. But something just does not seem right to you. You keep a close eye on your baby and you notice no improvement over the next few hours, so you take your baby back to the emergency room after just five hours. The same physician examines your baby again. This time the physician concludes that the baby simply has indigestion. He again sends the baby home. While at home the baby’s condition continues to get worse. You again bring him back to the hospital’s emergency room. Other physicians in the emergency room now performed a spinal puncture and find that the baby has Group B Strep that has developed into meningitis and sepsis. This really happened. And although the baby survived he was left with multiple permanent disabilities. Years later he is unable to walk or even crawl, he cannot eat solid foods, he suffers from seizures, he requires diapers as he has no bladder or bowel control, he has significant speech, vision, and hearing impairments, and he scratches, bites and hits himself. He has a life expectancy of 63 years and will require around the clock life-assistance for the remainder of his life. The law firm that handled this matter reported a verdict in the amount of $20 million. Babies are at highest risk of a Group B Strep infection during the first three months of life. Statistically a child brought into an emergency room with a high fever will not have a Group B Strep infection. Even when there are other non-specific symptoms, such as the grunting in this case, the likelihood is still that it will be something other than Group B Strep. The results of a GBS infection, however, could be so devastating for the baby that an emergency room physician needs to consider it in the differential diagnosis. The emergency room physician in this case did not appear to even perform tests other than perhaps a simple physical examination of the baby before deciding on a diagnosis. And then the physician actually changed the diagnosis the second time seeing the baby, again apparently based only on physical examination. It is difficult to say why the physician followed this course of action. Physicians sometimes simply miss the obvious and do not connect the symptoms with the actual cause. Sometimes they believe they can determine the cause with little information. When they are under this delusion they will, for example, rely solely on a physical examination to make a diagnosis that requires additional testing to confirm or rule-out. Sometimes they play the odds. If it is statistically rare that a baby whose mother was not GBS positive and who had an uneventful pregnancy and delivery will developed the infection, they will skip testing for it unless the symptoms be.e so severe that it is no longer possible to ignore This can happen, for example, when the baby finally develops pneumonia, sepsis, or meningitis. Or perhaps it is a cost issue. If ordering additional tests can be expensive and there are disincentives for ordering those tests certain doctors may choose not to order the tests unless there are very strong indications pointing to the need for the tests. Whatever the reason why this doctor did little more than conduct a physical examination of the baby it resulted in serious harm to the baby whose was put in his hands. When this happens the child and the family may have a medical malpractice claim. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: