New York Medical Malpractice Resulting in Oxygen Deprivation
Oxygen deprivation can lead to devastating injuries and is often medically preventable. When New York medical providers fail to follow acceptable medical standards, patients are at risk. At Rubenstein & Rynecki, our New York City attorneys can protect your rights and work to maximize awards when medical malpractice causes injury to you or a loved one.
How birth injury can occur during childbirth
Birth injuries often involve oxygen deprivation. During labor or delivery, it is important that the umbilical cord does not become compressed. The umbilical cord provides blood flow and oxygen to the baby. Medical errors that can deprive a baby of oxygen during childbirth include:
- Failure to perform a timely C-section
- Failure to diagnose fetal distress
- Prolapsed umbilical cord (cord pushed ahead of baby during labor), cutting off blood flow
- Preeclampsia (high blood pressure and increased protein in mother's urine)
- Separation of the placenta from the fetus
- Injury caused by forceps or vacuum extraction
Other medical situations involving oxygen deprivation
Anesthesia errors also can lead to oxygen deprivation. When the anesthesiologist fails to monitor oxygen and anesthesia levels or heart rate, patients are at risk. Improper positioning of the endotracheal tube can block the patient’s airway and deprive the patient of oxygen. Other medical errors such as overdosing or underdosing can also cut off an adequate oxygen supply to the brain.
Resulting health problems
When the brain does not receive enough oxygen, brain cells can die and brain damage occurs. Generally, the more extensive the deprivation is, the greater the brain damage. Cerebral palsy can occur in newborns. Adult patients can also suffer from brain damage, go into a coma or even die from oxygen deprivation. Symptoms associated with oxygen deprivation include the following:
Long term impairments resulting from brain damage can include motor control difficulty, speech impediments, paralysis and cognitive disability.
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