Survey Shows Med Students Are Concerned About Communication Failures That Can Put Newborns At Risk For Birth Injury

Medical Students Feel Unprepared to Prevent Communication Failures

The results of Epocrates’, 9th annual “Epocrates Future Physicians of America” survey may surprise you. Epocrates, a provider of mobile health software, distributes the survey to over 1,400 medical students across the U.S. every year to help gain insight into the training and challenges faced by America’s future doctors.

Results of the 2014 survey show that an overwhelming 96 percent of medical students believe that collaborating effectively with extended care teams (i.e. registered nurses, physician assistants, specialists, and other medical staff) is essential to providing their patients with quality care. However, 60 percent of the students who were surveyed indicated that a lack of communication between care teams was their biggest roadblock to effectively coordinating their patient’s care. In fact, 75 percent of the students polled recognized this concern.

The Importance of Effective Communication in Preventing Birth Injuries and HIE

Communication Failures, Birth Injuries & Medical MalpracticeWhen they happen in the labor and delivery process, communication failures between doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel can have a devastating effect on a baby’s life. If important findings or changes in a mother or baby’s clinical status during the time of birth aren’t properly communicated by nurses or adequately followed up on by doctors, it can result in a preventable birth injury and lifelong disability.

When a baby does not receive enough oxygen during the labor and delivery period a preventable birth injury called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) can occur. HIE is the most common form of infant brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation. Shortages of blood flow and oxygen flow to the baby’s brain can result in permanent injuries and disabilities, and, in some cases, death.

Detroit, Michigan Birth Injury Attorneys Helping Victims of Medical Malpractice

If you feel that a breakdown in communication or other errors committed by your doctor led to your child’s birth injury, it is important to choose a lawyer and firm that focus solely on birth injury cases. The birth trauma attorneys at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers have nearly 30 years of experience securing multi-million dollar settlements for children who were injured due to medical malpractice. Our nationally recognized birth trauma attorneys are available to speak with you 24/7 and will provide you with a free legal consultation.


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