When Preventing or Arresting Labor Causes Injury
Labor that occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy or Preterm labor and delivery can be very risky for both the mother and child. Appropriate treatments may include the use of drugs during labor to delay delivery by stopping or reducing contractions so the baby doesn’t come too quickly. These treatments for preterm labor are designed to reduce the risk of complications resulting in brain damage or respiratory distress syndrome. Unfortunately, the treatments for preterm labor carry risks, as well.
The Risks Associated With Certain Drugs Used To Arrest Labor Are Well-Documented
Magnesium sulfate and nifedipine are termed tocolytics, or drugs used during labor to reduce contraction and prevent or delay preterm delivery. A 2007 study by researchers at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford University School of Medicine suggests that the administration of magnesium sulfate to arrest labor increases the risk that newborn will be admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Magnesium sulfate is also known to cause vomiting, shortness of breath, fluid buildup in the lungs and other unpleasant and dangerous side effects. Further, studies show that magnesium sulfate is no more effective at delaying delivery than nifedipine. Many doctors are aware of these serious side effects and life-threatening complications yet still prefer its use over nifedipine or another tocolytic because it’s simply a force of habit.
The Failure To Arrest Preterm Labor Can Cause Lifelong Harm
Without appropriate treatment, preterm labor can result in premature birth. Children born prematurely are at an increased risk of a host of serious health conditions and may suffer lifelong physical or mental disability.
When a child is harmed because a physician fails to follow accepted protocol and negligently allows preterm labor to continue, The attorneys at The Lancione Law Firm can help. At The Lancione Law Firm, we are working to improve the safety and quality of medical care in Ohio by holding negligent doctors, nurses, hospitals, and other medical facilities to account for the harm they cause.
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If you, your child or another loved one suffered serious injury due to a medical mistake during preterm labor, you should seek the advice of an experienced medical malpractice and birth injury lawyer immediately. We invite you to call our Rocky River offices at (440) 220-4439 or contact us online at any time. The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients in Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, Akron and other communities throughout Ohio.