My niece was born several months ago after a difficult delivery. The doctors in the NICU later told her parents that she had perinatal asphyxia and would haveto stay in the hospital. What is perinatal asphyxia?
Perinatal means the period of time immediately before and after birth. Asphyxia is a lack of oxygen to the brain. The diagnosis of perinatal asphyxia means the baby's brain wasn't getting enough oxygen just before or after birth. Perinatal asphyxia can be a life threatening condition and can cause severe brain damage to the baby. We have seen this diagnosis in some of our medical malpractice cases, and it can cause cerebral palsy, paralysis, blindness and other conditions in the baby.
PATIENT SAFETY RULES
Every hospital, HMO and doctor's office is supposed to follow basic patient safety rules.
Like all of us - bus drivers, accountants, construction workers, lawyers, we all have rules to follow. And nurses, doctors, hospital techs, specialists, consultants are no different. Everyone in healthcare has rules to follow - rules that are in place to keep patients safe.
So if you think someone you know was seriously injured because someone in healthcare didn't follow the rules, or a hospital didn't have a system to make sure the right thing was done, call us or send us a confidential email. We'll give you as much information as we can about preventable medical mistakes in D.C., Maryland or Virginia and holding the healthcare system accountable for breaking the rules.