Untreated Elevated Heart Rate Followed by Infant Death Prompts $1.4M Award

July 8, 2019 | Physician Practice News

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What's the news. A 17-year-old mother brought her two-week old child to a primary care physician for his first well-baby visit. The baby's vital signs were normal at delivery. The mother was a refugee who did not speak English. She reported to the defendant physician that her child had experienced a rapid heartbeat and had been struggling to breathe. The defendant examined the child and ordered home care to perform a 12-hour pulse oximetry study to observe the child's heart rate and breathing. The study revealed abnormalities, including a heart rate greater than 250 beats per minute.

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