Sacramento Kaiser Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Due to Inaccurate Oral Intake, Part 3 of 4

The following blog is provided as an example of a Kaiser medical malpractice lawsuit to aid potential clients in how a lawsuit is examined and conduced. It is worth noting that situations similar to those described in this medical malpractice case could just as easily occur at any of the healthcare facilities in the area, such as UC Davis Medical Center, Mercy, Methodist, or Sutter.

(Please also note: the names and locations of all parties have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the participants in this personal injury lawsuit and its proceedings.)

Shortly before 7:00 a.m., a phlebotomist who had come to the infant’s room to draw blood noted that he was not breathing. He was then taken to the well-baby nursery, where a bedside glucose check revealed a level of 15 (severely low). The infant was transferred to the special-care nursery at around 7:10 a.m. At 7:15 a.m., seizure activity was observed. Further blood glucose testing indicated that his level had dropped as low as 7. An MRI of his brain showed bilateral occipital infarction, primarily toward the back of the brain, a lesion that is commonly associated with severe hypoglycemia.

The infant was discharged from Kaiser on August 24, 2005. Since that time, he has not developed normally. At the time of the arbitration, he was two-years, 10-months old. He cannot walk, crawl, or use his arms, legs, or hands purposefully. He has no speech. He experiences seizures on a daily basis, despite being on significant doses of anti-seizure medications. Because of his inability to swallow safely, he had a gastrostomy tube placed approximately one year ago and now takes all of his feeding via the tube. He continues to live at home with his parents.

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

Plaintiffs and the minor plaintiff alleged that the nursing care at Kaiser fell below the standard in numerous respects: (1) Failure to properly assess, monitor, and act on the infant’s inability to breast-feed effectively; (2) Failure to notify the nurse practitioner and/or physician regarding the infant’s excessive weight loss on August 11th and August 12th; (3) Failure to timely re-check the infant’s blood glucose levels despite his inability to effectively breast-feed and his weight loss; and (4) Failure to timely and properly deal with the emergency that presented itself in the early morning of August 12, 2005.

For more information you are welcome to contact Sacramento personal injury lawyer, Moseley Collins.

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