Study Finds Wide Range in C-Section Usage between Hospitals

Medical Malpractice LawyersA new study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health has found that cesarean birth delivery usage can range from as low as seven percent to as high as 70 percent in hospitals across the country. As reported by ABC News, this large degree of difference is far too great to be due to case mixes, but rather may be a quality of care problem.

The study was done by analyzing inpatient claims from 593 hospitals across the country that had performed at least 100 deliveries in 2009. The mean rate that was found for c-sections was 33 percent. Additionally, even lower risk pregnancies had c-section usage ranging from two to 37 percent in various hospitals.

Practice patterns were found to be the most likely cause of variation, rather than the requests of mothers. Researchers suggested that policy interventions should focus on c-section practices. Additionally, better triage in maternity to determine the best process and monitoring of delivery procedures could help better regulate the amount of cesareans performed.

Both overuse and underuse of c-section delivery can cause harm for patients. A higher risk of infection may occur, emergency hysterectomies could be needed, and the baby may have a greater risk of respiratory distress, asphyxia, and pulmonary disorder when the incorrect procedure is chosen.

Whatever a mother and infant’s needs may be, determining the correct procedure is vital for ensuring health and well-being during delivery. Unfortunately, medical errors may occur in judging what is best or completing the procedure. If your child has been harmed due to a hospital staff’s negligent actions, a Beverly Hills birth injury lawyerwith Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley has both the resources and experience needed to represent you in the search for compensation. Do not let another day pass without knowing your complete rights as a victim, call us at 213-514-8332.