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New guidelines aim to curb brain-related birth injuries

Many residents of New Haven, Connecticut, know that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. That is the reason why many expectant parents choose to give birth under the supervision of medical professionals. Unfortunately, childbirth poses many risks to the well-being of the child and the mother.

To prevent brain damage in newborn babies, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have released the updated guidelines on neonatal encephalopathy, including assessing every possible factor that leads to the development of the newborn's brain disorder or injury.

Sponges left in surgical patients spur medical malpractice claims

Every medical procedure comes with some risk but when an error occurs during an operation, it can have a negative effect on the patient, causing a medical condition to worsen or lead to a patient's death. Residents of New Haven, Connecticut, should be concerned because "never events"-or those medical mistakes that should never happen-can occur.

Sponges left in patients' bodies are one of those events that should never happen. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine how often a surgical object is left inside a patient's body. Data from a Mayo Clinic review revealed that during a three-year period, one case of a foreign object left in a surgical patient occurred for every 5,500 surgeries. Another study involving malpractice settlements over two decades showed that "never" events occur more than five times a day.

School bus accident leaves Connecticut educator dead

Morning rush hour in Hartford, Connecticut, can clog the roads with cars and school buses. Increased traffic increases the likelihood of car accidents caused by different factors, including negligence, potentially resulting in devastating outcomes.

A two-vehicle fatal crash near New Haven ended the life of a 64-year-old female private school dean, who had been an educator for 39 years. Investigators were not immediately aware of the accidents cause. Investigators, however, did not find speed or intoxication to be a cause for the accident. They also did not find any mechanical defects with either vehicle. One possibility that has not been ruled out, however, is the glare of the sun, which was low in the sky at the time of the accident

Water birth poses birth injury risks, according to experts

A safe delivery for mother and baby is usually the main concern of expectant New Haven, Connecticut, parents. So selecting the delivery method is not always easy. Doctors and other medical professionals can provide sound advice, but like any other medical procedure, any method used to deliver a baby comes with costs and risks.

Severe neck injury can also injure the spinal cord

As many New Haven, Connecticut, residents are aware, the spinal cord bridges many parts of the human body to the brain, helping the whole body function precisely. Trauma to the head and neck can also injure the brain and spinal cord. Any injury to the spinal cord or the brain can significantly alter the quality of a person's life. To reduce that risk, Connecticutters should educate themselves on common symptoms that may suggest the need for immediate medical care.

Neck injury often happens because of daily physical stress, overuse or sudden impact. Severe neck injury frequently results from external pressure applied to the neck. Common events that can lead to external pressure include sports-related injuries, a blow to the neck or head and whiplash from a car accident. A serious neck injury can result in spinal cord injury, too.

Brain Injury Awareness Month to inform public of TBI dangers

March's designation as Brain Injury Awareness Month is meant to inform the public about brain injury as one of the leading causes of disability and death across the United States, including in Connecticut.

One writer recently shared the dilemma she and her family face because of her sister's brain damage. Her sister's injury came from carbon monoxide poisoning in a hotel room, an incident that killed the woman's husband. She now faces extraordinary challenges in trying to regain both physical and cognitive abilities. Her family is right there with her coping with the effects of a mysterious health condition.

Study finds nursing home negligence risks the health of elderly

Many residents of New Haven, Connecticut, depend on nursing homes to look after their elderly loved ones and finding the services of a good senior care facility is often a difficult and costly decision. Unfortunately, some nursing homes fail to provide a high standard of care, which can compromise the safety of their residents.

Recent data cites the real dangers that many nursing home residents face. According to the findings of the Health and Human Services, in 2011, more than one in every five patients of skilled nursing facilities suffered because of infections, falls and medication errors.

Alleged impaired driver causes car accident in Connecticut

Drunk or drugged driving is a serious offense in Connecticut that can result in criminal and civil liabilities. Many New Haven drivers know that drunk driving increases the likelihood of an accident because alcohol affects a driver's focus and reaction time to a precarious road situation.

A 44-year-old man is now facing a driving under the influence charge after allegedly causing a three-vehicle crash north of New Haven. Prior to the crash, a witness observed that the man's car was traveling erratically. According to police, the alleged drunk driver turned left and hit the side of a minivan traveling in the opposite lane. The impact caused the minivan to land on its side, injuring the driver and two passengers who were children. They were taken to local hospitals and fire officials said that the victims' injuries did not appear life threatening.

Jury awards $11.3 million in birth brain injury lawsuit

Many residents of New Haven, Connecticut, rely on the expertise of doctors and medical staff during emergencies. Unfortunately, when medical professionals fail to address the medical needs of their patients promptly, they put their health at risk.

Recently, a jury awarded $11.3 million to a girl who suffered brain damage due to hospital and doctor negligence. The child was born in 2006 but a few days after her birth, her parents reported that the child was having difficulty breathing. Their pediatrician advised the parents to proceed to the hospital.

Spinal cord injury more likely after the elderly fall

The spinal cord is an incredible marvel that allows the human race to carry out its day-to-day activities. However, an injury to the spinal cord can cause severe adverse impacts and may result in disability. Unfortunately, people of any age can sustain spinal cord injury ("SCI") because of accidents caused by the negligence of others.

The elderly in New Haven, Connecticut, should be concerned about SCI. A study from Johns Hopkins University that was recently published in the Journal of Neurotrauma found that falls are now the leading cause of spinal injury among older adults in the United States, surpassing even car accidents.

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