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What medical practitioners should do during fetal distress

Posted on July 28, 2015 2:32 pm under Medical Malpractice

During fetal distress, medical staff should be equipped with the knowledge to prevent any damage that may affect the mother or the baby. At the onset of fetal distress, medical practitioners should immediately take action to correct the situation. These actions include:

  • Giving the mother oxygen to aid in breathing
  • Keeping the mother hydrated with intravenous fluid
  • Changing the mother’s position, usually allowing her to lie on the left side
  • Relieving the compression of the umbilical cord through amnoinfusion – or the instillation of fluid into the amniotic cavity

In cases when the baby is needed to be delivered quickly to prevent damage, medical professionals should promptly decide whether to deliver the baby vaginally in an assisted birth (ventouse or forceps), or to perform a C-section.

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