• Malpractice Lawyers

    Posted on February 16th, 2011

    Written by sslates


    Most C-section deliveries in the United States are conducted under regional anesthesia, but a new study shows that the number of deaths associated with the use of regional anesthesia have actually increased, even as the overall number of maternal childbirth deaths has dropped sharply over the past few decades.

    The study, which focused on maternal deaths between 1979 and 2002, which is the last year for which statistics are available, found that deaths during childbirth for any kind of anesthesia, dropped sharply over this period of time. Between 1979 and 1990, there were three deaths for every million live births, and those numbers had dropped to just over one death for every million live births between 1991 and 2002.

    However, even as the number of anesthesia-related childbirth deaths declined, there was a discernible increase in the number of deaths linked to C-sections using regional anesthesia. Between 1991 and 1996, there were 2.5 maternal deaths for every million C-sections, and that number had increased to 3.8 maternal deaths for every million C-sections by 1997 to 2002.

    The increase is substantial enough to worry California medical malpractice attorneys and obstetricians. So, why has the number of regional anesthesia-related deaths increased when all other types of maternal childbirth deaths have declined? One theory is that medical professionals have become too focused on preventing deaths from general anesthesia, which is typically considered riskier and more dangerous. Back in the 70s and 80s, women were up to 17 times more times more likely to die after being administered general anesthesia. Too much focus on preventing deaths related to general anesthesia has probably contributed to a lack of attention to preventing deaths from regional anesthesia. Besides, medical malpractice claims related to regional anesthesia-related deaths seem to point to a lack of resuscitation in equipment in delivery rooms and other such external factors as the cause of these deaths.

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