Pediatrician Settles Lawsuit Alleging She Missed Signs Of Babys Group B Strep Infection-3edyy

UnCategorized If an infant with a GBS infection does not receive appropriate treatment right away the newborn could be left with long term devastating disabilities. Because of this it is critical for doctors to check out GBS if a newborn shows indications of an infection and either rule it out with diagnostic testing or .ply with the treatment protocol. In the remainder of this article, we consider a claim that came about after a baby who showed signs of the infection was not diagnosed in a timely fashion by the physician. Consider a reported case where antibiotics for Group B Strep were intravenously administered to a pregnant woman during labor. This is standard procedure for women who were carriers of the bacteria during the pregnancy, a previous pregnancy, or if screened during weeks thirty-fifth through thirty-seven of the current pregnancy. The expectant mother in this lawsuit took her baby to a pediatrician six weeks after the child’s birth. The doctor noted that the baby presented with a high fever. The physician, unfortunately, failed to review the prenatal records although she had access to them. Not having seen the prenatal records the physician just ordered testing in order to establish what was causing the infant’s high fever. By not giving antibiotics to the newborn right away antibiotics the pediatrician allowed crucial time to go by during which the baby became septic, developed meningitis and sustained strokes. As a result the newborn ended up with an untreatable seizure disorder and with mental retardation. The mother sued the physician for failing to diagnose the group b strep infection and provide treatment in a timely fashion. As the case progressed the physician admitted that she would not have waited to administer antibiotics had she realized that the mother had been a carrier of the bacteria during the pregnancy. The law firm that handled the matter reported that the doctor settled the lawsuit for $6.15 Million. When an infant displays symptoms that might be due to a Group B Strep infection a doctor ought to take fast action in order to keep the infection from developing into sepsis, pneumonia or meningitis that could all lead to devastating results. When, as in the case reviewed above, the doctor acts as if it is not even a possibility, especially when there is information in the mother’s prenatal chart to suggest it could be, and the infant is seriously hurt in the time that passes before treatment is provided, the physician may be liable for malpractice. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: