Cardiotocography: An Introduction – No. 5 Chambers

Posted August 7th, 2018 in birth, evidence, negligence, news, personal injuries by sally

‘Cardiotocography traces form a central piece of documentary evidence in litigation related to adverse perinatal outcomes, which are alleged to have arisen due to events that took place during the labour and/or delivery of the baby. Cardiotocography is therefore an important element to get to grips with for any practitioner when working on birth injury cases. Errors in electronic‏ fetal heart rate monitoring or cardiotocography are a‏ common theme in such cases with injuries to the baby‏ including cerebral palsy, stillbirth and scarring and injuries‏ to the mother including damage to the mother’s perineum‏ or vagina resulting in disability which limits sexual‏ intercourse, lack of control of bladder/bowel function‏ and of course psychological or psychiatric sequelae.‏ A recent review by NHS Resolution in September 2017‏ found that 32 out of the 50 cerebral palsy cases looked‏ at, involved errors of cardiotocography interpretation.‏ This article is a beginner’s guide to cardiotocography for‏ application in medical negligence cases.’‏ ‏

Full Story

No. 5 Chambers, 31st July 2018