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Conventional practices in managing nuchal cords

Posted on January 2, 2015 2:12 pm under Medical Malpractice

Nuchal cord, or the wrapping of the umbilical cord around an infant’s neck, is a common medical phenomenon. In fact, studies suggest nuchal cord occurs in 10% to 37% of all births, and usually affects males. But despite its frequent occurrence, many healthcare professionals still fail to manage nuchal cord in order to prevent umbilical cord strangulation, a birth injury that can cause the baby to die due to lack of blood and nutrient supply.

Nuchal cords are oftentimes detected shortly before or during delivery. For nuchal cords that are not locked, intervention to unwrap the cord would rarely be necessary, as it seldom causes umbilical cord strangulation. For locked nuchal cords, maternity care providers may choose to perform any of these techniques to prevent nuchal cord from harming the baby:

  • Pulling and unlooping the nuchal cord – advisable if the nuchal cord is long and loose
  • Clamping and cutting the nuchal cord – Recommended for tight nuchal cord, the cord is loosened, clamped and cut before delivery
  • Emergency C-section – Should be performed if the baby is at risk of life-threatening injuries, such as organ and brain damage

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