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Vacuum extraction and medical professional negligence

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2024 | Medical Malpractice

Vacuum extraction is a medical procedure used during childbirth to assist in the delivery of the baby. It involves using a vacuum device attached to the baby’s head to help guide the baby through the birth canal.

While vacuum extraction can be a useful tool in certain situations, it also carries risks. This is especially true when it is not performed correctly.

Negligence during delivery

In some cases, medical professional negligence can occur during vacuum extraction. This can lead to serious consequences for both the mother and the baby. For example, excessive force applied during the procedure can lead to injuries such as skull fractures, bleeding inside the baby’s head or nerve damage. Additionally, improper placement of the vacuum device or incorrect use of the equipment can cause harm to the baby’s scalp or lead to other birth injuries.

MedlinePlus states that vacuum extraction can also increase the chances of a child developing jaundice and temporarily impact the shape of the baby’s head.

Other complications

Medical professional negligence during vacuum extraction can also have serious implications for the mother. Injuries such as vaginal tears, hemorrhage or pelvic floor damage can occur if the procedure is not performed correctly. Furthermore, if the medical team fails to monitor the mother and baby closely during and after the procedure, it can result in delayed detection of other medical issues.

By holding the responsible parties accountable, patients can help prevent similar incidents from happening to others in the future. Patients should be aware of their options in cases of negligence to ensure that they receive the appropriate care and support they deserve.


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