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Neonatal injuries and fatalities reduced by safety procedures

As many Arizona residents may know, the implementation of safety procedures might affect neonatal injuries and fatalities. The use of such measures has resulted in a significant decrease in neonatal trauma in some institutions.

In order to decrease the risk surrounding deliveries, four organizations set up safety training related to newborns. Since health care professionals need to react appropriately in an emergency, the organizations implemented training sessions aimed at helping them react quickly and effectively when emergencies happen.

Failure to communicate contributes to 65 percent of problems associated with infant injury and death. Training personnel to interact efficiently helped reduce problems associated with some deliveries. Other training focused on increasing compliance with procedures and policies surrounding high-risk pregnancies and helping practitioners take a second look at the use of cesarean sections.

In the 15 years since the safety initiatives began, the institutions associated with it have experienced a significant decrease in birth injuries. One group decreased neonatal mortality by about 50 percent in more than 40 hospitals. A major hospital decreased birth injuries due to oxygen deprivation, while another decreased the instances of fatalities by 86 percent related to pulmonary embolism.

Issues surrounding neonatal death and trauma are the cause of personal hardship for many, both emotionally and financially. Hospital costs due to the use of the neonatal unit may be significant. If death or injury is due to a physician's error that may have otherwise been prevented, the parents may wish to speak to an attorney. The attorney may review the infant's medical history to determine if negligence occurred. If it did, the attorney may assist their client in forming a malpractice suit against the doctor and relevant staff to recover pecuniary damages.

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