Was this breech presentation mishandled?

March 6, 2012

This woman claimed failure to follow up on breech at 38 weeks and negligence in sending her home from labor and delivery prematurely. Read the details and outcome of the case.

During a digital exam, the PA did not feel the baby's head down, so an ultrasound was performed and found the fetus was in a breech position. The PA told the patient to return in one week for the physician to recheck the fetal position. A notation was made in the chart that the cervix was closed and the fetus was breech, and the patient was given detailed instructions on what to do if she believed she was in labor. Although the physician's practice was for the PA to report any problems to the physician regarding patients, this visit was not mentioned to the doctor and the doctor did not review the chart.

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