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Military hospitals know how to protect mothers. They just aren’t doing it.

September 11, 2018

The Scary Story

Hospitals could prevent almost half the maternal deaths in America by following basic care recommendations.
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The U.S. has the highest maternal death rate among the world’s developed nations – two women die in childbirth almost every day in America. Half of the deaths could be prevented if hospitals followed basic safety steps, yet many hospitals, including Army, Navy and Air Force hospitals, routinely fail to give women treatments that could save their lives. These are the terrifying facts discovered in a recent USA TODAY investigation and published in a report titled “Hospitals know how to protect mothers. They just aren’t doing it.”  The report states: 

“Doctors and nurses should be weighing bloody pads to track blood loss so they recognize the danger sooner. They should be giving medication within an hour of spotting dangerously high blood pressure to fend off strokes. These are not complicated procedures requiring expensive technology. They are among basic tasks that experts have recommended for years because they can save mothers’ lives.  Yet hospitals, doctors and nurses across the country continue to ignore them, USA TODAY found.  As a result, women are left to bleed until their organs shut down. Their high blood pressure goes untreated until they suffer strokes. They die of preventable blood clots and untreated infections. Survivors can be left paralyzed or unable to have more children.”

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If you know someone who died in childbirth at an Army, Navy, or Air Force hospital, there is a significant chance the death could have been prevented if the military doctors or nurses had taken basic steps to address the problem before it became fatal.  We have been successfully handling wrongful death claims against all branches of the military in every state and country around the world for the past 30+ years.  We can help you too.  You may contact us for a free, no risk consultation by calling 1-877-695-8757 (24/7), sending an e-mail to  us at LawHelp@MilitaryMedicalMalpractice.com, or by filling out the short form on the right side of this page.


Source & to read more: https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/deadly-deliveries/2018/07/26/maternal-mortality-rates-preeclampsia-postpartum-hemorrhage-safety/546889002/

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