The Advanced Medico-Legal Guide to Reducing the Risk of

Obstetric Malpractice

Monday, October 25, 2004

About

Many newborns continue to be admitted to neonatal intensive care units throughout the United States. Some of them are diagnosed with perinatal asphyxia and other complications that eventually lead to permanent brain damage and other lifetime injuries. Often the parents of these children will seek out lawyers to help them determine if these injuries could have been prevented.

The analysis of these potential claims will focus on whether the clinicians who participated in the care complied with applicable standards of practice and properly and timely diagnosed maternal, placental and fetal conditions that are capable of interfering with normal oxygenation of the fetus.

No obstetric health professional or institution providing obstetric care can afford less than an up-to-the-minute understanding of these medical and legal issues. The costs are simply too high.

This timely and important American Conference Institute event was developed to provide both legal and medical professionals with an intensive and broad review of the issues facing all clinicians providing care to pregnant women and their infants. This unique program brought together an expert faculty of internationally leading obstetric health care providers and highly experienced litigators-representing both plaintiffs and defendants-to share their insights on:

The latest medical tools in fetal health surveillance
A medico-legal guide to asphyxia
Potential causes of brain damage: infection, metabolic and blood disorders, and genetic defects
The latest developments in determining the etiology and timing of the events leading to irreversible brain damage
Recent medical and legal developments in prenatal diagnosis
New issues in vacuum extraction, forceps and cesarean deliveries

And much more!

Contents & Contributors

About

Many newborns continue to be admitted to neonatal intensive care units throughout the United States. Some of them are diagnosed with perinatal asphyxia and other complications that eventually lead to permanent brain damage and other lifetime injuries. Often the parents of these children will seek out lawyers to help them determine if these injuries could have been prevented.

The analysis of these potential claims will focus on whether the clinicians who participated in the care complied with applicable standards of practice and properly and timely diagnosed maternal, placental and fetal conditions that are capable of interfering with normal oxygenation of the fetus.

No obstetric health professional or institution providing obstetric care can afford less than an up-to-the-minute understanding of these medical and legal issues. The costs are simply too high.

This timely and important American Conference Institute event was developed to provide both legal and medical professionals with an intensive and broad review of the issues facing all clinicians providing care to pregnant women and their infants. This unique program brought together an expert faculty of internationally leading obstetric health care providers and highly experienced litigators-representing both plaintiffs and defendants-to share their insights on:

The latest medical tools in fetal health surveillance
A medico-legal guide to asphyxia
Potential causes of brain damage: infection, metabolic and blood disorders, and genetic defects
The latest developments in determining the etiology and timing of the events leading to irreversible brain damage
Recent medical and legal developments in prenatal diagnosis
New issues in vacuum extraction, forceps and cesarean deliveries

And much more!

Contents & Contributors

BASIC PRINICIPLES AND NEW DEVELOPMENT IN OBSTETRICAL CARE AND BIRTH TRAUMA LITIGATION
Dov Apfel, Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA

FETAL ASPHYXIA AND BRAIN DAMAGE
James A. Low, MD, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Queen's University

NEW PARADIGMS FOR PRENATAL CARE
Peter S. Bernstein, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women's Health
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

BEHIND EVERY HEALTHY BABY IS A HEALTHY PLACENTA
Harvey J. Kliman, MD PhD, Reproductive and Placental Research Unit
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yale University School of Medicine

LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF GENETIC TESTING: WRONGFUL BIRTH, WRONGFUL CONCEPTION AND WRONGFUL LIFE ACTIONS
Kevin G. Burke, Burke, Mahoney, Wise, LLC

PREPARING FOR PRETERM BIRTH
James Byrne, MD, Stanford School of Medicine

PRIMER ON FETAL SURVEILLANCE
Andrew S. Kaufman, Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan

UNDERSTANDING FETAL HEART RATE PATTERNS
Barry S. Schifrin, MD, Obstetrician and Gynecologist
Stephen A. Myers, DO

EFM IS A USEFUL SCREENING TEST FOR INTRAPARTUM FETAL ASPHYXIA
James A. Low, MD, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Queen's University

FETAL ASPHYXIA: STANDARDS OF CARE AND LEGAL CERTAINTY
Bob Schuster, P.C.

SHOULDER DYSTOCIA AND INSTRUMENTAL TRAUMA
Barry S. Schifrin, MD, Obstetrician and Gynecologist

ERB'S PALSY CASES: A PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE
Stephen H. Mackauf, Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman & Mackauf

OPERATIVE VAGINAL DELIVERY: ISSUES OLD AND NEW
James Byrne, MD, Stanford School of Medicine (Stanford, CA)

VACUUM EXTRACTION, FORCEPS AND CESAREAN DELIVERIES: NEW ISSUES AND RISKS IN OPERATIVE VAGINAL DELIVERY METHODS
Kathleen L. Nastri, Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder

VAGINAL BIRTH AFTER CESAREAN SECTION
Bruce G. Fagel, MD, JD, Bruce Fagel & Associates

NON-HYPOXIC CAUSES OF NEONATAL BRAIN DAMAGE OR DEATH
David R. Lucchese, Galloway, Lucchese, Everson & Picchi



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