10 Facts About Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Baby's hand making fist, next to stethoscope.

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy occurs when the fetal brain does receive enough oxygen. Often referred
to as “HIE,” Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can lead to permanent
brain damage,
cerebral palsy, and death. Common factors that cause HIE include umbilical cord entanglement
or prolapse, placental abruption and excessive uterine stimulation. To
better understand the condition, we’ve listed

10 Facts About Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy:
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What is Hypoxic Brain Injury?

 

The human brain, shown in 3D human model of the head.The brain requires approximately 20% of the body’s oxygen intake
to function properly. Hypoxia occurs when the brain does not receive enough
oxygen. The low levels of oxygen limits brain activity, interrupting neurotransmitters
and electrochemical impulses. This can seriously affect the rest of the
body. Brain cells can die within five minutes. If not handled appropriately
and quickly, cerebral hypoxia can cause brain damage or death.
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Determining the Accepted Standard of Care

 

The Accepted Standard of Care for Doctors

In Texas, jurors are given the following definition of negligence:

“Negligence,” when used with respect to the conduct of
Dr. Davis, means failure to use ordinary care, that, failing to do that which
a physician of ordinary prudence would have done under the same or similar circumstances
of doing that which a physician of ordinary prudence would not have done under the same of similar circumstances.
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Medical Malpractice Facts and Fiction

The Institute of Medicine estimates that, on average, 98,000 people die
because of medical errors, while extensive amounts of people are injured because of it. Under U.S. laws, those injured or killed because of inaction or negligence can file for compensation. However, recent studies show that while the number of medical malpractice suits are going down, medical errors are actually increasing. One reason many fail to file a claim against a doctor or hospital is that they are misinformed. At Hampton & King, we want you to be
informed of the facts and fiction surrounding such a debated topic.
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What You Need to Know About Cerebral Palsy

Approximately 10,000 babies born in the United States will develop cerebral
palsy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. That means
that 1 in every 323 children will be diagnosed with cerebral palsy. It
is a rare childhood disorder that effects the part of the brain that directly
controls motor movement, muscle tone and/or posture. The symptoms and
their effects vary depending on the type of cerebral palsy and severity
of the condition. This severity can range from a slightly awkward walk
to the loss of muscle movement completely.
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