Neonatal Resuscitation Errors

Neonatal Resuscitation Errors

What is Neonatal Resuscitation?Neonatal Resuscitation Errors
While most babies enter the world healthy and able to breathe on their own, around 10% will need some sort of respiratory (breathing) assistance immediately following birth. This need for resuscitation may be due for a number of reasons, including:

  • Baby was in fetal distress, loss of oxygen during labor or delivery
  • The mother has an infection or disease
  • The mother is over the age of 40 or under the age of 16
  • Sudden, severe bleeding during pregnancy/labor
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Amniotic fluid is stained with meconium (stool)
  • The use of birth-assistance tools during delivery (forceps/vacuum)
  • A prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Premature labor or post-term labor
  • The baby is large
  • The baby was in an abnormal position

Depending on the baby’s specific condition, the physician will choose the best-suited resuscitation treatment. These can include Positive Pressure Ventilation (PPV), CPR and chest compression, intubation, defibrillation, airway suctioning, and surfactant or epinephrine administration.

How Can Resuscitation Go Wrong?
When an infant requires breathing assistance, the medical staff must move quickly but effectively, and properly monitor the baby’s condition regularly. Even the most minor error can have severe consequences and lead to long-term health issues for the child. Medical personnel can make resuscitation errors such as:

  • Failure to give bag and mask oxygen
  • Failure to intubate soon enough
  • Failure to give resuscitation medication soon enough
  • Failure to place a ventilator soon enough
  • Failure to detect the need for resuscitation after birth
  • Delayed resuscitation
  • Failure to have a qualified professional close by after a high-risk birth
  • Improper resuscitation techniques
  • Malfunction of resuscitation machine

When such errors occur, the baby will be deprived of oxygen. If this goes on too long, the child can be left with permanent brain damage, cerebral palsy, ADD or ADHD, or cognitive and physical disabilities. These errors listed are at the fault of the medical staff and doctors/nurses, and they should be held accountable.

Thurswell Law Works to Minimize Your Suffering
Raising a child with a long-term disability can cause emotional, physical and financial strain on your child and your family. Thurswell Law will help you financially by securing the compensation you deserve for the errors made by your physician or other assisting medical staff. You will pay no fee unless you collect monetary compensation. Don’t wait any longer; contact our office today for a free consultation at (248) 354-2222.

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