Shoulder Dystocia: Managing Clinical and Legal Risks

February 19, 2014 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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Shoulder dystocia is a relatively rare, life-threatening obstetric emergency resulting from failure of the fetal shoulders to deliver spontaneously following delivery of the fetal head. Risks of injury to the infant include temporary or permanent brachial plexus injury (including Erb palsy), fracture of the clavicle and humerus, hypoxic injury, and death.

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