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Reducing birth injuries, medical errors through practice

Pittsburgh parents-to-be are full of excitement and trepidation for the upcoming birth of their baby. Most births go as planned but occasionally a birth does not go as expected. These can lead to some scary moments in the delivery room and even a birth injury.

The University of Pennsylvania Hospital has started to implement simulations of high risk complications that can occur in childbirth and other scenarios. By having medical professionals practice ahead of time it can give them an opportunity to learn without hurting a patient. For example, excessive blood loss is one of the leading causes of death for new mothers if it is not stopped in time. Practicing for this hemorrhage allows doctors and nurses to practice communicating among providers in quick and efficient way. Other hospitals across the country use the simulations as well.

These practices have had a direct impact on the hospital's medical malpractice rates. Costs for such cases have been cut 26 percent since 2011, resulting in millions of dollars saved for the institution.

However, even with advanced training, birth injuries still occur. When a family believes that the birth of their baby led to injuries caused by a negligent doctor, they may want to speak with a medical malpractice professional. A legal professional can review medical records, consult with medical experts and get answers for the family as to what happened to cause the unexpected injury. Compensation may be sought for medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering and other damages.

Source: philly.com, "Practice pays off in reducing medical malpractice lawsuits", Harold Brubaker, Nov. 22, 2015

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