Father sues Legacy Health for $21.5M on behalf of brain-damaged daughter

A father has filed a $21.5 million malpractice lawsuit on behalf of his daughter, alleging she suffered brain damage as a newborn because Legacy Health delayed diagnosing and treating her respiratory failure. Justin Barnett filed says in a complaint filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court that his daughter was born premarturely at Legacy Emanuel Hospital on Oct. 14, 2013. The baby’s mother tested positive for Group B Streptococcus, placing the baby at risk of infection. She was hospitalized in…
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Maternity staff need more training on how to prevent, identify and treat group B streptococcus infections to stop babies needlessly dying or being left with life-changing disabilities, says a new report.
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Abstract In recent years, group B streptococcus (GBS) has become an important pathogen that causes infections in many neonatal organs, including the brain, lung, and eye (Ballard et al., 2016). A series of studies performed on GBS infections in western countries have revealed that GBS is one of the primary pathogens implicated in perinatal infection, and GBS infections are a major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in the United States (Decheva et al., 2013). In China, GBS is mainly found by screens for adult urogenital tract and perinatal infections, and neonatal GBS infections have been rarely reported. T...
Source: J Zhejiang Univ Sci ... - Category: Science Authors: Tags: J Zhejiang Univ Sci B Source Type: research
This surveillance study found an incidence of 0 · 94 cases of group B streptococcus per 1000 livebirths in UK and Ireland in 2014-15 with a cases fatality rate of 6.2%. The authors report that the incidence has increased since 2000-2001 and that new strategies for prevention are required.
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) that asymptomatically colonizing the recto-vaginal area of women is the most important cause of neonatal colonization. There is paucity of evidence about newborn colonization with GBS ...
Source: BMC Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
ConclusionsChorioamnionitis, but not the estimated duration, was associated with increased odds of adverse maternal outcomes with cesarean delivery. This finding has implications for care programs to prevent maternal morbidity after a cesarean complicated by chorioamnionitis.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Main research article Source Type: research
Composition of the vaginal microbiota has significant influence on female urogenital health and control of infectious disease. Murine models are widely utilized to characterize host-pathogen interactions withi...
Source: BMC Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
Prophylactic antibiotics for Group B Strep (GBS) and cesarean section are used in over 50% of obstetric patients at delivery. Standard of care antibiotics are penicillin for GBS and cefazolin for cesarean section. Utilization of alternative antibiotics in the setting of penicillin allergy for either condition is suboptimal. We sought to determine if a penicillin allergy skin testing program would improve the use of ideal as well as appropriate antibiotics in patients with a penicillin allergy.
Source: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: IDSOG Abstract Source Type: research
Recently, lactobacilli-containing probiotics have been studied for use in a variety of conditions, including urogenital infections. We sought to determine if antenatal probiotic supplementation during second and third trimesters reduces maternal GBS rectovaginal colonization in pregnant women at 35-37 weeks ’ gestational age.
Source: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: IDSOG Abstract Source Type: research
In this study, we aimed to compare the performance of conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real-time PCR (qPCR) assays as screening methods for GBS in pregnant women against the microbiological culture method considered as the gold-standard. A total of 130 samples from pregnant women were analyzed for sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value. Statistical analysis was performed using the SPSS software, version 20.0. The verified colonization rate was 3.8% with the gold-standard, 17.7% with conventional PCR assay, and 29.2% with the qPCR test. The trials with conventional...
Source: Braz J Infect Dis - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Braz J Infect Dis Source Type: research
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