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How do brain injuries affect children?

If your child has experienced a brain injury, you likely have a lot of questions and concerns. Perhaps the most common fear you share with other parents in Iowa is how the injury will affect your child in the long term. You have a good reason to be concerned because children’s brains are not fully developed. It is natural to wonder if there could be lasting results of the injury.

Still a long way to go to prevent medical misdiagnosis

America is reported to have the best health care system in the world. We trust our doctors and most of the time, with good reason. However, recent research published by the Mayo Clinic and reported in the Washington Post reveals that we haven't yet reached a point where we should trust our medical providers so completely.

The risk of a vacuum-assisted delivery

When a woman is in labor in Iowa, it is essential that the doctor monitors the mother and baby to assure safety and health. If a baby shows signs of distress or the mother is having a difficult time during labor, then steps are taken to speed up the process of delivery to ensure neither’s health is compromised. Typically, in this type of situation, a mother will either undergo an emergency Cesarean section or the doctor will use a vacuum extractor to assist getting the baby through the birth canal, according to Healthline.

Mild brain injuries can have long-lasting effects

Whether people have been involved in a motor vehicle collision or have been in a slip-and-fall accident, they may have received a traumatic brain injury. When the head experiences a forceful impact, it may make the brain reverberate within the hard, skull cavity. The soft brain tissue may bruise, bleed and become inflamed as a result of the damage. Depending on the severity of the force and what part of the brain was injured, the damage can have long lasting cognitive effects on a person’s life. Studies show that this is even true for people suffering from mild brain damage.

Iowa medical malpractice legislation advances

An Iowa legislative effort some feel would help draw much-needed doctors to the state would mean big changes for how plaintiffs can secure damages following medical malpractice lawsuits. Per the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Iowa Senate File 465 would set limits to how much plaintiffs can receive in non-economic damages for mental anguish, pain and suffering and related areas after suing on the basis of medical malpractice.

Anesthesia error rates high in perioperative phase

Patients heading into surgery in Iowa hospitals are most likely grateful for the possibility of anesthesia to make the procedure as painless as possible. Though anesthesia provides many benefits before, during and after a surgical procedure, patients also should be aware of the accompanying risks.

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