Oftentimes, after a birth, a newborn will receive care at a hospital. It is very important for hospitals and medical professionals here in Connecticut to not act negligently when caring for newborns. When medical professionals or hospitals fail to act properly when it comes to newborn care, it can result in infants suffering significant harm.
Recently, in another state, an administrative penalty was issued against a hospital in connection to allegations of failure to act in a proper manner in relation to the care of an infant.
The hospital in question is in California. The California Department of Public Health claims that, while a newborn was receiving care at the hospital, nurses at the hospital failed to respond properly after it was discovered that the infant’s blood sugar was low. Specifically, the agency says that the nurses failed to inform doctors of the newborn’s low blood sugar in a timely manner.
According to the agency, the delay in doctors being informed about the low blood sugar resulted in the newborn suffering hypoglycemic events and seizures.
Harms suffered due to negligent medical care can have significant effects on an infant. According to the agency, the above-mentioned infant could face issues regarding brain development in relation to the harms she suffered after the nurses’ alleged failure to notify.
The agency has issued a $100,000 fine against the hospital in relation to the above-mentioned incident.
As the agency’s allegations regarding the incident underscore, negligent medical care can be very impactful on infants. Thus, one hopes that medical professionals and hospitals make sure to act properly when it comes to the care of infants and are held accountable when they commit harmful negligence in relation to such care.
One thing that can play a significant role in holding negligent medical professionals and hospitals accountable are regulatory actions by health departments or medical examining boards. Another are medical malpractice claims.
If a person is considering pursuing a medical malpractice claim against a medical professional or a hospital, he or she may wish to consider consulting with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. A medical malpractice attorney can help guide a person through the many complexities medical malpractice cases can have.