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Medical professionals most overworked and exhausted profession

New City area residents have to visit the doctor many times over their lifetime. They trust these medical professionals to accurately diagnose their condition and help them feel better. But these doctors are often overworked and exhausted which can make a serious medical error more likely to happen.

Medical professionals often are the most overworked profession. It is estimated that doctors work 1.5 times more than other adults. According to the American College of Chest Physicians, the average doctor gets only between five to six hours of sleep each night. Half of doctors say that their schedule does not allow them to get adequate sleep. A sleep deprived doctor can have many issues that lead to a lapse in patient safety. Sleep deprived doctors can have problems with their memories and also their judgement which may lead to a fatal medical mistake.

NY couple receives wrong embryo in invitro mix-up

Many New York couples have trouble conceiving children. Not being able to conceive can be a disappointing and emotional situation for a couple. Luckily medical technology offers couples many options to conceive a baby. In vitro fertilization is one such option that couples have chosen for many years. Most of the time an invitro procedure goes well but a recent case in New York has resulted in a medical malpractice situation.

A New York couple is suing the fertility clinic they used with a claim that the clinic mixed up during their invitro procedure. The couple gave birth to twins this past March, but the children were not of Asian descent even though the parents are Asian. In early 2018 the clinic collected an egg and sperm from the couple and created five embryos, four of which were female. When the woman had a sonogram, they noticed that both of the twins were boys. The couple called the clinic to ask how that is possible since they only had one boy embryo and the clinic said that sonograms can be inaccurate. After the babies were born, DNA testing confirmed that they were not genetically connected to their parents nor were they related to each other. Because of this, the birth parents were forced to give the babies to their genetic parents. The birth parents are suing the fertility clinic with accusations of physical and emotional harm, medical malpractice, negligence and 14 other claims.

Importance of the spinal cord and why injury is so devastating

Spinal cord injuries are often the result of a serious injury. Sometimes tragedy hits because of a devastating car accident or a work-related injury. Either way, accident victims suffering with a spinal cord injury also face a very difficult road ahead.

The spinal cord provides the human body with its primary support structure as well as the distributor of vital information to and from the brain. Serious injury often leads to permanent damage and a lifetime of physical and mental adjustments.

Common dangers motorcyclists face in the summer

Whether you ride your motorcycle year-round or only when the weather turns warmer, the summer months pose constant opportunities to hit the roads and spend time outdoors. You may look forward to the freedom of driving on the open roads.

However, motorcyclists face constant dangers on New York roads. In summer months, with more drivers on the roads due to holiday weekends, extended vacations, school out for the summer and more, these risks can become heightened. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while motorcyclists account for just 3% of registered vehicles, they account for 14% of traffic-related fatalities. As a motorcyclist, what do you need to know to stay safe and avoid a serious accident?

Types of anesthesia malpractice

Most New City area residents will have to undergo a medical procedure involving anesthesia during their life. Anesthesia is necessary for many medical procedures, including surgeries. Although most of the time when a patient is under general anesthesia everything goes as expected, occasionally a patient can suffer a traumatic brain injury because of a medical mistake.

General anesthesia can lead to a medical mistake which can greatly harm the patient. One situation is where there is a failure to monitor blood flow to the brain while the patient is under general anesthesia. If the blood flow to the brain is interrupted, the patient can have a stroke or a brain injury. Another situation is if a patient aspirates during the surgery. The patient may vomit, and the contents could go into the respiratory system which can lead to a low level of oxygen. A patient may also have drug allergies that a doctor misses which can lead to an adverse reaction. A breathing tube is used to assist a patient with breathing during surgery and if the tube is placed incorrectly it can cause a brain injury or other damage. And once the surgery is over, the patient needs continuous monitoring. If the patient isn't monitored thoroughly, they can suffer from a brain injury or other unexpected injury.

Traumatic brain injuries caused by a car accident

Luckily most families in the New City area haven't had to deal with a serious car accident. Unfortunately, there are still several families who have had a loved one involved in a car accident that has serious injuries. Sometimes these injuries can result in a brain injury.

A traumatic brain injury occurs when there is a sudden blow or jolt to the head. A car accident or motorcycle accident is a common cause of a TBI. A severe TBI can change a life forever. It can cause a concussion, bruising to the brain, nerve damage, bleeding of the brain and blood clots. A life-threatening TBI can lead to a victim being in intensive care, requiring surgery, needing a breathing tube or feeding tube and months to years of recovery, if that is even possible.

Critics question medical boards' commitment to patient safety

When doctors make mistakes, they put their patients' lives at risk. New York's and other state medical boards has an important role to play in making sure doctors are performing their duties, but critics say the medical boards are letting too many medical mistakes happen without the doctor losing their license.

The state medical board has many important roles. It licenses medical doctors, investigates complaints regarding the doctors, disciplines doctors who violate their medical roles and refers physicians to evaluation and rehabilitation and evaluation when appropriate. There have been several instances in New York and across the United States where the state medical board's decisions have been questioned.

What a parent should know about Erb's palsy

New City area residents who are expecting a baby feel overwhelmed with excitement and anticipation. Expecting parents spend months preparing for the new arrival and dreaming about their future. Most of the time these parents' dreams come true and their newborn is perfect. But occasionally a birth injury occurs that can turn a parents' world upside down.

Erb's palsy is one such birth injury that can occur. It is alarming when a baby is born with Erb's palsy. Many times the infants arms hang limply from their shoulder and they don't look right. These injuries can occur during delivery when the baby's neck is stretched to one side during delivery. It is recognizable at birth but the extent of the injury may not be known for many months. It is caused by pulling on the shoulders during a head first delivery or by pressure on an infant's arms during a breech birth. Using extraction tools during delivery can also cause this condition. Erb's palsy can be treated by physical therapy, occupational therapy and surgery to repair nerve damage. It can take months to years of medical treatment to recover from the injury.

The most dangerous risks construction workers face

Construction in New York City is a tireless industry, operating year-round to construct new buildings, maintain or restore old ones and compete the myriad of other projects across the city. Construction is also one of the most dangerous industries for workers, posing constant risks that could cause serious or fatal injuries.

New York City is unfortunately no stranger to serious construction accidents. City data shows that deaths on work sites have increased by 33% compared to those from just five years ago. For this same time period, injuries increased by 221%.

Was your child's cerebral palsy preventable?

When a New City area couple is expecting a child, they are often excited and thrilled with the new arrival. Parents-to-be spend months planning for their new arrival. They decorate a nursery, purchase baby clothes, shop for cribs, and spend hours planning the birth. But no matter how much a couple plans, things can still go wrong and a birth injury like cerebral palsy can occur.

No new parent every expects their child will suffer from a birth injury. Unfortunately, a birth injury can happen to anyone. One such birth injury is cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a disorder that causes impaired movement. A person with cerebral palsy can have variations in muscle tone, stiff muscles, lack of muscle coordination, delays in reaching motor skills milestones, difficulty walking, seizures, intellectual disabilities, and other problems. Many times, an infant is born with cerebral palsy but occasionally a birth injury can cause it. If, during the birth, the baby is deprived of oxygen for a period of time, it can cause cerebral palsy.

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