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Group B streptococcus (GBS) is the number 1 cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies. GBS is typically found in the lower intestine or vagina of healthy adult women. During labor, however, a baby can become infected and the bacteria enter an infant's blood stream, resulting in meningitis, shock, or pneumonia. A GBS infection can cause serious brain damage resulting in mental and physical disabilities, damages to the lungs, and loss of sight and hearing.
Doctors should routinely screen for GBS and if the mother tests positive, antibiotics can all but eliminate the threat to her baby At Hampton & King, our medical malpractice attorney exposes deviations from standard treatment protocols, lack of communication, and negligence on the part of doctors, nurses, and attending staff that contribute to the mismanagement of group B strep.
If you or your baby has suffered serious medical complications due to the mismanagement of group B strep, contact medical malpractice attorney Hartley Hampton to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
Risk Factors that should Alert Doctors to a Potential GBS Infection
When doctors or nurses encounter certain risk factors associated with group B streptococcus, preventative measures should be undertaken to protect both the mother and her baby. In general, the risk of GBC infection increases in the following situations:
- Premature labor
- The mother has a temperature in excess of 100.4º
- A rupture of membranes prior to the birth of a child
- A mother who has a history of GBS
In order to prevent GBS, antibiotics can be administered to the mother intravenously during labor. Use of antibiotics can reduce the likelihood of a GBS infection immediately after birth and in the first week of life. Use of oral antibiotics is not as effective since oral antibiotics may only decrease the amount of group B strep for a short period of time rather than eradicating the bacteria altogether.
Hold negligent doctors accountable for their actions - contact Houston group B step lawyer Hartley Hampton today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.