$3.875 Million Settlement For Childs Brain Injury When Pediatrician Did Not Realize Child Had Gbs-remonstrate

UnCategorized A pregnant woman who is a carrier of the Group b strep may transmit the bacteria to her baby during labor whether or not the mother is asymptomatic. Studies have shown that from 15% to 40% of expecting mothers are colonized with the bacteria. Without intervention, a child born to a woman who with GBS has a one in two-hundred chance of developing a Group B Strep infection. By administering the right antibiotics as she starts labor the chance that she will pass the bacteria to her child is decreased by 2,000%. To help figure out which pregnant women need to be administered antibiotics during labor, asymptomatic pregnant women are tested between the thirty-fifth and thirty-seventh week of the pregnancy. Getting tested for GBS is a straightforward process. Because the bacteria ordinarily takes hold inside the urinary and vaginal tract of the pregnant woman, a swab is used to acquire a sample. The results of the screen are generally ready in forty-eight hours. If a baby acquires a Group B Strep infection and is not treated right away, the infection can turn into pneumonia, sepsis or meningitis. Since a baby’s immune systems is not wholly developed, the infant may be left with lifelong physical and neurological harm that may prevent the child from ever living a normal life. And of the approximately seven thousand six hundred babies each year who be.e infected ten to fifteen percent do not survive. Given the considerable danger a Group B Strep infection poses for babies, doctors treating a baby who has symptoms consistent with a GBS infection and whose mother tested positive during the pregnancy need to incorporate it in their differential diagnosis. See, for example, a reported case in which an infant, born to a woman whose screening test had .e back positive earlier in the pregnancy during the pregnancy, began to show symptoms consistent with a Group B Strep infection shortly after birth. Yet, the treating physician failed to correlate the symptoms in the baby’s postnatal chart with the prenatal record which contained information that mother had tested positive for the bacteria during the pregnancy. Because of this, the proper diagnosis was was untimely and antibiotics were not given in a timely manner. Due to the delay, the child suffered brain damage. The law firm that helped the family described that the case settled for $3,875,000 Babies can develop the infection even tough antibiotics were given to the mother while in labor. A recent study also showed that a certain number of newborns who develop the infection regardless of whether the mother screened negative. Physicians thus should consider it as part of their differential diagnosis whenever a baby shows symptoms consistent with GBS . As this lawsuit illustrates The failure to check the prenatal chart and to consider Group B Strep may constitute liability for medical malpractice. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: