The birth of a child is something that Houston parents look forward to with great anticipation and excitement. Parents wait for nine months to hold their child and begin their new lives together. Most births go as planned, but some births do have complications. One birth injury that occurs is called Erb's palsy.
The US is in the midst of a scare involving Ebola. Once only found in other countries, the disease has spread into the US recently. Last week, the first person in the US diagnosed with the illness died and his family members are wondering if his death was caused by a delayed diagnosis.
Hospitals have a duty to make sure the equipment they use during surgery is sterile and safe for their patients. This helps ensure that a serious post-surgical infection does not occur. Most hospitals have a sterile processing department that ensures its medical equipment is sterile. This department is responsible for the cleaning, decontamination, disinfection, and sterilization of surgical equipment. This is all critical to the health of patients as last week we discussed a Denver medical center that had to shut down its surgery department because of problems with its surgical sterilization.
Many Houston residents might need surgery at some point in their lives. Routine and emergency surgery are common throughout the United States. Most surgeries go as planned with little complications. But occasionally a serious post-surgical infection could occur due to the improper sterilization of surgical instruments.