Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder Dystocia

A turnaround in perinatal malpractice claims.

SITUATION

Shoulder dystocia occurs in only 3% of live births, but 5% of those cases result in significant injury. In fact, nearly 15% of perinatal malpractice claims are related to this condition — and nearly a quarter of those claims were awarded because of sub-standard documentation in the hospital at the time of delivery.

SIMULATION

InSytu worked with medical leadership to assess physician maneuvers, the correct use of force monitors, and the accuracy and timeliness of documentation.

RESULTS

Comparing pre- and post-simulation data, this major urban hospital showed impressive reductions in birth injuries and delivery time, with an equally impressive 50% increase in proper documentation.

Case study conducted at external hospital. Pre N = 89, Post N = 89