Targeting birth injuries

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A group of 16 hospitals last month announced a collaboration on a 21-month patient safety initiative to eliminate preventable birth injuries in their facilities, building on the success of an effort spearheaded by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Three in 1,000 deliveries involve serious perinatal injuries that can result in cerebral palsy, birth asphyxia or permanent neurological disability, said officials involved in the initiative. Many of these can be prevented if physicians follow evidence-based guidelines and do a better job recognizing when infants are in distress, initiating timely cesarean births, properly resuscitating depressed babies and appropriately using labor-inducing drugs and vacuum or forceps, they added.

The whole shebang.