New report: Safety initiatives can cut rates of birth injuries

Many medical facilities, both in Texas and around the country, are constantly striving to improve their standards of patient care. This is generally great news for patients and their loved ones, as preventable incidents, such as birth injuries, can cause untold amounts of trauma and tragedy. Fortunately, recent news indicates that proactive measures really do make a difference in patient safety. According to a recent report, initiatives regarding safety in childbirth have yielded positive and promising results.

The report mentions the success stories of several entities, including Ascension Health, which managed to cut its neonatal fatality rate nearly in half across the span of the initiative. Premier, Inc. achieved a dramatic drop - almost 75 percent - in birth trauma, while another hospital tackled its rate of brain injuries caused by the deprivation of oxygen. Finally, Hospital Corporation of America saw its pulmonary embolism-caused maternal death rates plummet by over 85 percent.

How did these hospitals and corporations achieve such safety successes? Interestingly, their methods proved to be largely basic and consistent across the different hospitals. Some of the approaches included avoiding errors in communication, which tend to be responsible for a large percentage of birth injuries, and increased care with regard to deciding on a cesarean section. Other successful measures included simulations for emergency situations and measurements of compliance with best practices in high-risk situations.

While such practices give much cause for optimism, they are surprisingly not adopted uniformly across hospitals. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the adoption of these practices varies across the nation. Whether or not they have been adopted at a particular facility, expecting mothers and their babies may still encounter a negligent doctor or other medical professional. Those who have may be entitled to significant compensation for injuries and medical expenses; a Houston malpractice attorney can provide further information.

Categories: Birth Injuries