The Untold Truths about Cerebral Palsy Due To Medical Errors

The rate at which injuries caused by medical errors are increasing has become quite alarming. Medical errors include; overdosing, anesthesia errors, infections acquired in the hospital, misdiagnosis, excess delay in administering treatment, lack of patient follow-up, inadequate monitoring after procedures.

What causes medical errors? How can a child develop Cerebral palsy as a result of a medical error? The knowledge and sensitization about this condition will go a long way in the community. With love and the proper care, therapy, and medication, a person can drastically improve.

Factors That Lead To Medical Errors

Several factors contribute to medical errors, such as;

  • Inadequate medical staff
  • Lack of special care
  • Judgment error
  • System failure
  • Giving a patient the wrong medication
  • Undiagnosed surgical complications

Types of Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects one’s ability to move. It can be caused by damage to a developing brain. It happens during pregnancy or birth.

Cerebral palsy has different effects depending on the damaged part of the brain. Therefore, it can affect the general body movement, tone, reflex, control, and muscles’ coordination. However, some signs can either improve or become worse with time. Below are the different cerebral palsy types that someone may experience.

Quadriplegia

This type of Cerebral palsy affects all the limbs. That is, the two arms and also the legs. Additionally, the torso, facial muscles, and oral muscles can also be affected.

Spastic 

The Spastic type of cerebral palsy is the most common. Consequently, it affects 80% of people with Cerebral Palsy. It makes the muscles to be stiff and also tight. That causes severe damage to the motor cortex.

Triplegia

This type of cerebral palsy affects one arm and two legs. However, it can also affect the torso, facial, and oral muscles.

Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy 

Dyskinetic cerebral palsy is also referred to as Athetoid cerebral palsy. It is not very common. One of the characteristics is involuntary movements. Damaged basal ganglia causes it.

Hemiplegia

This cerebral palsy usually affects the body, mainly one side. It can affect the right side of the body or the left side of the body. Consequently, affecting the arm or leg of the respective side.

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

This type is not very common. It manifests through shaky movements and also affects balance. It occurs as a result of damages done to the cerebellum.

Monoplegia

This type of Cerebral palsy affects one limb.

Mixed Cerebral Palsy

Mixed cerebral palsy is a result of multiple injuries in the brain. A person experiences multiple symptoms of Cerebral palsy.

Conclusion

To sum up, there are many physical disabilities, and Cerebral palsy is one of them. However, it is a lifelong disability and also the most common physical disability.

In a word, the original brain injury does not change. However, the effects change with age. The effects range from a decrease in balance, stamina, the ability to walk, and many other effects. The effects are different from one person to another.

If extra caution is applied during childbirth, they can avoid most medical errors.

Paul Petersen

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