Birth injures are one of if not the worst type of medical malpractice. Think about it—an innocent life does not have any chance at a normal life because of another person’s mistake. A mistake that is negligent. A mistake that is due to the error of another that knew or should have known better. A mistake that another reasonably prudent and skilled professional in similar circumstances would not have made. This type of negligence is extremely inexcusable. Not that other types are excusable, but an innocent life affected is the worst.
Sometimes these types of birth injuries occur due to a nurse’s mistake. Sometimes the baby does not even receive any treatment or care from a doctor, or even see a doctor, before the negligence occurs. This means that a baby never had one of the highest trained medical professions to treat him or her.
This is because nurses are really the frontline of patient care, especially in hospitals and other in-patient facility. Nurses will see, triage, evaluate, and even perform minor procedures like inserting an IV into a patient. Nurses will also evaluate, test, and record vitals, complaints, and conditions. When it comes to the birthing process, this means most nurses will read and interpret fetal monitoring strips. When these monitoring strips are improperly read and recorded, a doctor is not able to evaluate the proper vitals. This means diagnoses will go missed and it can result in the death or injury of a baby.
Tus, there are some common mistakes that nurses make which result in birth injuries. This includes the following:
- Miscommunication - this is the most common cause of medical malpractice and a major mistakes;
- Mis-evaluation, mis-recording, or misinterpreting vitals, evidence, tests, images, and other information;
- Improperly performing a procedure;
- Negligent training;
- Negligent supervision;
- Failing to timely recognize distress;
- Failing to timely request help;
- Failure to properly check for infection;
- Medication mix-ups; and
- Many other mistakes.
When mistakes make serious errors and negligence in the care and treatment of a mother or infant, a serious and life-threatening birth injury could take place which could affect the life of the infant forever.
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