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5 Suggestions for Improving the Health of Babies Articles PPAHS has been reading the week of February 12, 2018

Articles we have been reading this past week of February 12, 2018 provide 5 suggestions for improving the health of babies.

#1 – Exercise the Appropriate Standards of Care

PPAHS has been following the case of Amber Athwal, who suffered brain damage after undergoing dental surgery to extract some of her teeth.

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Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Standards for Dental Anesthesia Should Require Patient Monitoring An Update and Commentary on 5-Year Old Amber Athwal who Suffered Brain Damage Following Teeth Extraction

Five-year old Amber Athwal suffered brain damage after having dental surgery and receiving dental anesthesia to extract some of her teeth. For our earlier post, which provides a summary of the lawsuit , “Capnography Monitoring of Five-Year Old Amber Athwal May Have Prevented Her Brain Damage,” please click here.

Dr. William Mather Tribunal Hearing

CBC News reports that Dr. William Mather, the dentist who performed the dental procedure which resulted in “permanent brain damage because of oxygen deprivation”, faces five counts of unprofessional conduct, and has pleaded guilty to three of the charges. Dr. Mather recently retired from dental practice.

Dr. Mather’s colleague, Dr. Darren Fee recently testified at the tribunal hearing investigating the Amber case:

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Opioid Safety, Patient Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Was the Death of Erik Nelson Preventable? Continuous monitoring may have prevented his death.

By Michael Wong, JD (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety)

According to the Bozeman Daily Chroncle’s article, “Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Bozeman surgeon,” Erik Nelson underwent surgery to correct his chronic nasal obstruction and severe obstructive sleep apnea. Discharged the day after surgery, Mr, Nelson was sent home with a prescription of Oxycodone to manage his pain. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid, which is prescribed for moderate to severe pain.

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Opioid Safety, Patient Stories, Respiratory Compromise

Capnography Monitoring of Five-Year Old Amber Athwal May Have Prevented Her Brain Damage

The recent case of five-year old Amber Athwal is a reminder yet again of the dangers of dental sedation without the availability of adequate personnel and patient monitoring. Unfortunately, what happened to Amber is not an isolated event, as other pediatric deaths have recently occurred, tragically with 6 year-old Caleb Sears, as well as 9-year old Solomon Womack, 17-Year Old Mariah Edwards, and 17-year-old girl, Sydney Gallegher. Read More