An east coast hospital has recently developed a comprehensive obstetrics safety program which has drastically reduced hospital errors in the delivery room. According to Crain’s New York Business, the program requires clear documentation of a doctor’s actions even in cases where unfortunate outcomes were not the result of a doctor’s negligent acts. The program then requires doctors to review the reports. The hospital claims that the safety changes made as a result of this program have resulted in a significant drop of birth injuries.
The program has lead to various safety changes throughout the hospital. For example, the labor and delivery unit eliminated its old procedure of communicating patients’ progress with a dry-erase whiteboard. The unit now uses a new electronic application that can be accessed through any Internet browser. The unit has also prohibited paper charting in order to improve communication.
The labor and delivery unit also hired a full-time patient safety nurse to educate staff on new protocols the doctors wanted and to conduct emergency drills. The department also hired three additional physician assistants to reduce the time the other obstetricians needed to be “on call” during their off hours. This change was made after the program showed that doctors tended to make mistakes when they were deprived of sleep.
Our Chicago birth injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti are excited to hear about these new medical developments in safety and patient care. New innovative therapies can help prevent birth injuries. Too often our lawyers have witnessed tragic childbirth situations involving inadequate medical care.
Our Illinois birth injury attorneys at Levin & Perconti believe that everything possible must be done to limit birth injuries so that no family has to endure the tragic injury of their youngest member. If you know of a victim, be sure to contact a birth injury attorney to begin the process of redress and reform.