Oxford Medical Law Conference - not for the squeamish!

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Professor Draycott's was the first talk of the day, on the subject of shoulder dystocia (where one of a baby's shoulders gets stuck behind the mother's pubic bone during birth) and brachial plexus injury.  Professor Draycott explained that 70% of brachial plexus injuries are avoidable, and that the majority are caused by poor training in the management of shoulder dystocia. Brachial plexus injuries occur in 10% of shoulder dystocia cases, and 10% of these result in permanent injury.  The difficulty in bringing clinical negligence cases in respect of brachial plexus injury is that there is no single cause of this type of injury. Brachial plexus injury can occur without shoulder dystocia, even for example when a baby is born by Caesarean section. Furthermore, although there are certain factors which increase the risk of shoulder dystocia occurring, such as where the mother is overweight or where she has suffered from gestational diabetes, shoulder dystocia cannot be predicted and so injury can't generally be prevented.  Professor Draycott explained that clinical negligence claims for shoulder dystocia with brachial plexus injury to the posterior shoulder are unlikely to be successful, as are claims where the second stage of labour lasts less than 15 minutes, in which case the injury is unlikely to be the fault of the accoucheur. Professor Draycott was an excellent speaker and really brought the presentation to life by way of some graphic videos!   Unfortunately, these were simply too much for one of the delegates to deal so early on a Monday morning; he left the room before fainting in the corridor! Fortunately the paramedics arrived quickly, and he was able to enjoy the rest of the day.  
Joanna CatterallSolicitor, Clinical Negligence team

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