Simple Cord Blood Gas Tests Detect Serious Complications

by | Feb 17, 2016 | Birth Injury, Firm News, Medical Malpractice |


A cord blood gas test is one of the most effective ways to measure acid-base balance, carbon dioxide and oxygen levels and the levels of buffers, such as bicarbonate, in a baby’s blood at delivery. In order to conduct a cord blood gas test, a section of the umbilical cord is clamped by a medical professional and a blood sample is drawn. The hospital laboratory will then test the blood gases present in order to detect signs of metabolic acidosis, one of the primary markers of newborn hypoxia or asphyxia.

Whether a cord blood gas test was performed may be a crucial part of any medical malpractice claim for damages stemming from pediatric brain injury or cerebral palsy caused by hypoxia. The performance and interpretation of a cord blood gas test may also play a factor in cases involving untreated jaundice and kernicterus, as cord blood gas tests are also intended to show elevated bilirubin levels. If delivery room physicians failed to perform, properly interpret and respond to the findings of a cord blood gas test — or if negligent treatment in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) resulted in birth injury, lasting disability or death — it is vitally important to discuss your situation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. A knowledgeable birth injury attorney will fight for your child’s rights!

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At The Lancione Law Firm, we are champions for victims of negligent medical care and preventable medical error in Ohio. We have over three generations of attorneys who have a wealth of experience and a proven record of success in obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements for families that have been affected by a birth injury caused by medical negligence, such as the failure to perform or accurately interpret or respond to cord blood gas tests.

We invite you to call our Rocky River office at 440-571-6862 or contact us online at any time. The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients in Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron and Youngstown and throughout Ohio.



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