Hospital Implements Training Program to Reduce Birth Injuries and Complications

Preparing for the birth of a child can be an extremely exciting time. Routes to the hospital are planned. Rooms are remodeled at home to be sure that they are infant-ready. The entire nine months can seem like to fly by. When it is time for the baby to come, fathers and mothers trust that the hospitals and doctors will do everything they can to ensure a smooth delivery.

People may think that all hospitals offer the same services when it comes to child birth, but that is not the case. For example, Dr. Adiel Fleischer, of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, implemented a special program aimed at increasing safety for both mother and child. The program was tied to a study to determine effectiveness, which ran from 2007 to 2009.

The intensive training covered several different areas where problems were thought to exist. Communication among physicians was one of the major points of emphasis. Staff had daily meetings to discuss issues related to perinatal care, with trainings developed around the information that was shared. Proper interpretation of electronic fetal monitoring was another area that received increased attention. Also, a more comprehensive escalation policy for patients with potentially challenging issues was created, to help ensure that these patients received the necessary care.

The study focused on 11 potential negative health events, such as maternal death, return to the operating room, as well as birth trauma to learn if the procedures were making any sort of impact. Prior to putting the new methods in place, 1.95 percent of births experienced one of the negative outcomes. The new procedures dropped this number to .90 percent. Patient feedback was also a critical part of the study. Questionnaires were distributed to those who gave birth at the hospital to learn about the care they received.

Based on the success of the program, it has been expanded to other hospitals in the region. While this initiative has definitely increased safety for many patients, unfortunately, there is still a risk that birth injuries or other complications may arise.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area to learn if you may be eligible to recover compensation. It is important to have this discussion as soon as possible, as any delay may reduce some of the options that are available to you.