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Kernicterus: A rare, preventable but potentially devastating complication

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 9:23 AM | By Chris Rokosh

The recent court case, Ghiassi (Litigation guardian of) v. Singh 2017 ONSC 6541 focused on a rare, but serious complication of newborn jaundice; kernicterus. This case involved a preterm, male infant of East Indian descent who developed kernicterus in the hospital setting. The nurses were deemed liable for damages for failing to recognize and report signs of worsening jaundice.

Newborn jaundice is common. It is, in fact, the most common newborn ailment requiring treatment. Babies are born with more red blood cells than adults, which gives them...