Modern Medicine Cases
Diagnosis and treatment involve ruling out bleeding disorders and determining the appropriate management modalities.
Is there evidence that patient care has improved since the work limits took effect?
Excessive traction blamed for brachial plexus injury; bowel injury after laparoscopy; prolonged second stage blamed for CP; failure to perform timely cesarean blamed for child’s developmental delay; uterus perforated during hysteroscopy; severe IUGR not detected in high-risk pregnancy
This difficult defense—a young woman dying shortly after a routine tubal ligation—was further complicated by conflicting reports about who said what to whom and when.
Looking at a lawsuit involving preterm delivery and insufficient care.
A 25-year old Illinois woman delivered a baby by cesarean. During the procedure a laparotomy pad was left inside her abdomen. She subsequently experienced abdominal pain, bleeding, and diarrhea, and was readmitted to the hospital 4 months after the cesarean delivery. A CT scan revealed the laparotomy pad. Surgery was performed to remove the pad and an abscess that had formed around it. The patient was hospitalized for a week and also was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. The woman sued those involved with the delivery, claiming that the retained pad caused or contributed to her ulcerative colitis and that she would require colon removal surgery in the future.
Premature labor, spontaneous rupture of membranes, and a breech presentation. Could this infant have been saved?