Filing Suit After A Neonatal Resuscitation Mistake
At Wilt & Thompson, PLLC, our compassionate attorneys understand the lifelong effects that neonatal resuscitation errors can have. While the need for resuscitation is rare after a birth, doctors and medical staff have a duty to always be capable to manage such occurrences. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Our lawyers have represented countless mothers and their families in Kentucky and helped them to take action against negligent physicians. If your doctor made a critical error, we can fight your case together and obtain fair compensation.
American Heart Association Guidelines For Resuscitation
Within approximately 60 seconds of a birth, the attending physician should begin their initial assessment of the newborn. They should evaluate term gestation, whether the child is crying or breathing and their muscle tone to determine oxygen levels. If they do not believe that there is adequate oxygen flow, resuscitation efforts should begin immediately.
During neonatal resuscitation, doctors must adhere to strict guidelines. The following steps should be performed in order:
- Stabilize – Medical staff should stabilize the child by means of warming, drying, stimulation and clearing their airway.
- Ventilate – Oxygen masks, flow-inflating bags, t-pieces and positive-pressure ventilation (ppv) can be used to increase oxygen flow to the brain and organs.
- Initiate chest compressions – Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) should be performed to preserve brain and organ function.
- Administer epinephrine and/or expand volume – If rapid changes in blood volume or pressure are detected, doctors should begin intravenous therapy with volume expanders or administer a dose of epinephrine.
Did Your Doctor Make A Mistake?
If you, your child or loved one was harmed as a result of a neonatal resuscitation error, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Such errors can include:
- Failure to anticipate the need for resuscitation based on risk factors
- Lack of preparation such as having proper equipment, adequate personnel and a doctor trained in neonatal resuscitation
- Delay in resuscitation or incubation leading to further complications, including excessive bleeding, brain damage and even death
- Failure to follow guidelines
Receive A Free Case Evaluation
It is not always clear if mistakes were made during neonatal resuscitation efforts. Our trained lawyers represented doctors for 15 years and we can help you to determine if your physician committed medical malpractice. Schedule a complimentary consultation at our Louisville office by calling 502-253-9110 or completing our online appointment request form.