There are any number of reasons why a child may require resuscitation after birth, including lack of oxygen during labor and delivery, and prematurity. Whatever the reason, doctors and hospitals must be prepared to resuscitate the baby, and must perform resuscitation properly.
Negligence Causing Delayed Resuscitation Injuries
Doctors and hospitals have an obligation to provide proper care to their patients. Delayed resuscitation of an infant at birth can be caused by:
- Failure to identify the need for resuscitation after birth;
- Failure to have a resuscitation team standing by at birth if the need for resuscitation was likely;
- Failure of the resuscitation team to timely arrive; and
- Improper resuscitation techniques.
Identifying whether resuscitation is necessary is a necessary component of the standard of care. Doctors should be giving the child an Apgar score at one and five minutes after birth. The score at one minute will typically identify the need for resuscitation, and the score at five minutes will evaluate the success of resuscitation efforts.
One common mistake is for obstetrical nurses or obstetricians is to attempt resuscitation on their own without calling the NICU team (which includes a properly-trained neonatologist).
Injuries Caused By Delayed Resuscitation
Just as a child can be injured in utero by a lack of oxygen, a child who is not properly and promptly resuscitated after birth can have permanent and extensive injuries. Some common injuries include:
If your child had to be resuscitated at birth, and now has injuries including developmental delays or cerebral palsy, call our birth injury lawyers at (855) 712-7818 or fill out our contact form for a no-charge consultation. We can examine your medical records and let you know if you have a case.
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