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Paediatric Expert Witness

Sep 3, 2015 | Journal Articles

This article provides suggestions to assist paediatricians in the role of ‘expert witness’ and emphasises their duty to the court when giving expert opinion.

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Obstetric malpractice litigation and cerebral palsy in term infants

Aug 14, 2015 | Journal Articles

The aim of this paper is to review relevant research papers to aid practitioners involved in obstetric malpractice litigation.

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Cerebral Palsy Litigation: Change Course or Abandon Ship

May 30, 2015 | Journal Articles

The cardinal driver of cerebral palsy litigation is electronic fetal monitoring, which has continued unabated for 40 years. Electronic fetal monitoring, however, is based on 19th-century childbirth myths, a virtually nonexistent scientific foundation, and has a false positive rate exceeding 99%. It has not affected the incidence of cerebral palsy. Electronic fetal monitoring has, however, increased the cesarean section rate, with the expected increase in mortality and morbidity risks to mothers and babies alike. This article explains why electronic fetal monitoring remains endorsed as efficacious in the worlds’ labor rooms and courtrooms despite being such a feeble medical modality. It also reviews the reasons professional organizations have failed to condemn the use of electronic fetal monitoring in courtrooms.

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