If you've ever watched a medical show or been friends with a medical professional, you have likely heard the term "July Effect." This is a time when patient injuries and deaths seem to rise higher than normal. While this may seem like a spooky myth that gets circulated every year, one thing is for certain: there is much more inexperience in hospitals in July than any other month.
Birth injuries can be a terrifying prospect for any expecting mother. While birth injuries are not common, one of the more common birth injuries that does occur is called Erb's palsy. Erb's Palsy is a kind brachial plexus palsy. When this happens, the newborn will have very limited or no use of one of their arms. It occurs because of a difficult delivery. If the baby is too big, or too much force is exerted on it, the nerves can become damaged and cause the complication.
A health complication with a newborn is never a desirable situation. These issues tend to fall into two categories: birth injuries and birth defects. Knowing the difference is important, especially when it comes to medical malpractice claims.
Few devices have simplified our lives more than cellphones. With a few motions, we can call our friends, surf the Internet and play our favorite games. Doctors, too, have benefited from having a cellphone on them at all times. While pagers are still widely used in hospitals, mobile phones have made communicating instantly with someone without a pager much faster and easier. But cellphones may do more harm than good, especially in the operating room -- and not because they distract doctors. Rather,unwelcome hitchhikers could be causing more patients to get sicker while they are being treated.