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What is shoulder dystocia?

Many women dream of a vaginal birth without complications; however, some women aren't fortunate enough to see that dream realized. For some women, shoulder dystocia occurs as they are delivering their baby. This is a serious medical condition that can have serious consequences.

What is shoulder dystocia?

Proper diagnosis and treatment are vital for all patients

Last week, we discussed the case of the veteran who suffered from locked-in syndrome after doctors at a Veterans Affairs hospital failed to adequately treat the man's likelihood of having a second stroke after his first one. That tragic story brings up the point of doctors who don't diagnose conditions properly.

After reading that man's story last week, it is easy to see why it is so important for doctors to make an accurate diagnosis quickly. Once that diagnosis is made, an adequate treatment plan has to be put into place. When either of those components doesn't work as it should, the patient may end up suffering from serious damage.

Veteran's wife files lawsuit, wins $21 million for care errors

It is no secret that the Veterans' Affairs system has been facing complaints regarding the medical treatment of our nation's veterans. In a recent case, a victim's family was able to receive some compensation for the man's medical issues that were caused by medical malpractice.

In this man's case, he had a stroke and was seen at a VA Medical Center. The claim made in the lawsuit noted that the man had a second stroke that could have been prevented if the man had received a standard level of care.

Proper care is necessary when dispensing cancer therapy drugs

A patient with cancer usually wants to go through the most effective treatment possible. In some cases, the answer to that desire is to take chemotherapy. These harsh drugs are given via IV or by mouth. When it comes to chemotherapy drugs, it is vital that the patient be given only the intended drug in its intended dose.

Many cancer patients are now given oral chemotherapy medications, which are some of the most toxic compounds made. The introduction of oral medications has introduced some possible errors into a patient's care regimen. In some cases, it is caused by improper labeling or miscommunication of verbal orders, but those aren't the only things that can lead to errors.

Proper care is necessary when dispensing cancer therapy drugs

A patient with cancer usually wants to go through the most effective treatment possible. In some cases, the answer to that desire is to take chemotherapy. These harsh drugs are given via IV or by mouth. When it comes to chemotherapy drugs, it is vital that the patient be given only the intended drug in its intended dose.

Many cancer patients are now given oral chemotherapy medications, which are some of the most toxic compounds made. The introduction of oral medications has introduced some possible errors into a patient's care regimen. In some cases, it is caused by improper labeling or miscommunication of verbal orders, but those aren't the only things that can lead to errors.

Statistics regarding health care and patient harm

A person who seeks medical care is likely expecting adequate care for whatever condition he or she has. While many people get the care they need and are soon on their way, others are harmed by the very system that should help them. The statistics surrounding some of these issues are harrowing.

Many clinicians don't feel comfortable speaking up about problems they see. Some can't get others to listen to them. In fact, 58 percent of clinicians reported feeling those things. Some statistics go much deeper. Doctors, which accounted for 84 percent of those surveyed, often observe colleagues taking dangerous shortcuts. Moreover, 88 percent of doctors say they work with people who have poor clinical judgment. Despite those shocking statistics, not even 10 percent of nurses, doctors and clinical staff confront colleagues directly about the issues noted.

What should Kentucky moms know about cephalopelvic disproportion?

When a woman goes to the hospital in labor, chances are good that she isn't expecting to have to have a Cesarean section. For some women, including some in Kentucky, a failure to progress during labor end up requiring her to have a C-section. One reason that is sometimes blamed for the failure to progress is cephalopelvic disproportion. This term means that the baby's head is larger than the pelvis.

How common is CPD?

What problems do Kentucky women face with multiple gestations?

When a woman finds out she is expecting a child, elation is usually one of the most common feelings. There are some instances in which finding out about the pregnancy is only one of the shocks she will receive. Some women find out that they are expecting more than one baby when they go in for an ultrasound. That discovery brings the pregnancy into a new category. A multiple pregnancy is considered a high-risk pregnancy. Our Kentucky readers might be interested in learning a little about what that designation means.

Why are multiple pregnancies considered high risk?

A warning about antipsychotic medication issues in nursing homes

Making the decision to go into a nursing home isn't an easy choice for some people. For some people, the fear of losing freedoms and being placed medications is one reason why going into a nursing home is difficult. While some people might think those fears are unreasonable, they are actually very valid fears. Our Kentucky readers might find some of this information intriguing.

Antipsychotic drugs are being given to almost 300,000 nursing home residents. These drugs are approved to treat mental illnesses that are considered serious. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are two of the mental illnesses that might require antipsychotic drugs. Sadly, some nursing homes are using these drugs to combat aggression and anxiety that is often caused by dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Medical negligence can lead to problems for Kentucky residents

If you remember, last week we discussed the story of the hospital employee who was being accused of hospital negligence. That story brings up a very interesting point. There is no place in any hospital for medical negligence. In that story last week, the victim of the negligence was a veteran. That victim could have been anyone. With that in mind, it is vital for those who are in the hospital to ensure they aren't falling victim to this type of problem.

We know that you can't stop certain things from happening. Even if you try to monitor what happens when you are in the hospital, you can't always ensure everything is going according to medically accepted standards. As a patient or a patient's family member, your focus is on ensuring comfort.