posted on 12 09,2018 / 10:23 am
Latest research reveals that blood tests can inform pregnant women of the due date of her baby. This is wonderful news to the medical community as it may prevent a baby from being born prematurely. In addition, such results could also help prevent premature child birth medical negligence. According to a recent article in Science, this test has a 80% chance of being accurate. But this is certainly a tremendous step forward. Using the right blood test instead of an ultrasound scan can save the parents-to-be a myriad of costs. By improving accuracy and lowering costs, ultrasounds may just become a thing of the past.
This test is however still a matter of caution. In a press release by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, they mention that this method was tested on a small group of women. It does however show hopeful and positive results. They recommend further testing on a wider group. And in our opinion, such a test can play a vital role in lowering the risk of child birth medical negligence.
To help predict whenever a woman is in premature labour or not, medical professionals will usually run Dawes-Redman CTGs. This test can inform doctors right away. Parents can also prepare for the coming of their child – an important factor for most. But, unfortunately, this test cannot predict exactly when a mother will give birth. The CTGs are unable to reveal if she will go into labour within the next hour or only within the next week. Many obstetricians and gynaecologists believe that knowing the exact due date will greatly reduce risks surrounding child birth medical negligence. As is the case with Becky Taylor, the ramifications of a birth injury can have lifelong effects. Becky suffered a brain injury due to complications during premature birth. Years later the case went to court and settled on the fact that an MRI scan was not even performed by the hospital staff to check if brain damage has occured. Becky was diagnosed with cerebral palsy aged 7. Then it became strikingly evident that she would not be able to talk or walk for the rest of her life.
On another occasion, a client of Fieldfisher Solicitors suffered severely from premature childbirth complications. The usual Dawes-Redman CTG tested negative on several occasions. After which she went home because hospital staff said she was not yet in labour. Upon her admittance to hospital that evening for observation however, she went into spontaneous labour. Even though the test still remained negative. Unfortunately she suffered a uterine rupture causing injury to both her and the baby as a result.
The resulting premature childbirth medical negligence that occurs isn’t because of inaccurate labour predictions. By contrast, negligence occurs when hospital staff are unable to manage premature birth complications. With this test, medical professionals hope to better prepare for labour and thus prevent such tragedies.
It’s still advisable that pregnant women research medical negligence solicitors. Prevention is better than the cure. Legit Claims works directly with medical negligence solicitors in the UK to ensure you have the best chance at receiving compensation. Get in touch today – we are awaiting your calls and enquiries.