Vacuum Extraction And Subgaleal Hematoma
Approximately 5% (1 in 20) of all deliveries in the United States are operative vaginal deliveries. An operative vaginal delivery refers to a physician’s use of either forceps or a vacuum device when a woman’s labor has stalled. Over time, the rate of operative vaginal delivery has been steadily decreasing. However, the number of vacuum-assisted deliveries has been increasing. It is vital that vacuum extraction is done correctly by a trained medical professional.
The vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery procedure involves placing a small round cup on the baby’s head, which attaches to a vacuum pump creating suction to provide traction to gently pull the baby out of the birth canal. If performed incorrectly, one of the most dangerous complications of a vacuum extraction delivery is called a subgaleal hematoma (SGH). This is a potentially fatal accumulation of blood beneath the scalp of the newborn which can be caused by too much suction and/or the wrong-sized suction cup damaging blood vessels beneath the baby’s scalp resulting in hemorrhage. This type of injury has been known to cause life-threatening blood loss, hypovolemic shock, permanent brain damage, neurological injuries and more specifically, cerebral palsy (CP).
The frequency of subgaleal hematomas after vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery ranges from 26 to 45 per 1000 deliveries. In the hands of an inexperienced or untrained physician, a vacuum-assisted delivery can cause you and your child serious and permanent injuries. The cost of care for a child with cerebral palsy, or any birth injury, is very high. If your child’s birth injury was caused by a complication during vacuum-assisted or forceps-assisted delivery, contact The Yost Legal Group today at 1-800-YOST-LAW (800-403-7259). When you call, you will speak with an experienced Baltimore Medical Malpractice attorney absolutely FREE.
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