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Can Laborists Help Reduce Hospital Negligence in Florida?

Giving birth is typically known as an exciting and amazing experience. Sometimes, however, a mother's excitement can come to an abrupt halt if complications occur or hospital negligence leads to an injury for herself or her child. A recent article discussed a new medical trend that some say might help reduce the incidents of malpractice throughout the nation.

In a small, rural town north of Florida, it is sometimes difficult to find timely medical help when needed in the field of obstetrics. Some say that it is equally difficult to find obstetricians who are willing to practice in small town areas. In the past, hospital doctors have often had to remain on call in case a woman in labor should need urgent medical care.

A new trend seems to be on the rise, with staff members known as "laborists" being posted 24 hours a day in local hospitals. They are then available to handle any gynecological or obstetric emergency. A 64-year-old physician who has delivered babies in a small, rural area for 16 years recently said that while having an acting laborist on the staff might mean that a woman's baby is delivered by someone she has never met, it is to be considered a fair trade-off for being left in a dire situation without available medical help, which most agree would be far worse.

Even when measures are taken to have round-the-clock medical staff equipped to handle urgent obstetrics situations, some patients in Florida and elsewhere still experience situations of hospital negligence that result in injury or illness to themselves or their babies. When this happens, it is a patient's lawful right to file a medical malpractice claim in a civil court. Doing so would allow the patient to seek compensation for damages sustained as a result of medical negligence.

Source: health.wusf.usf.edu, "Big Push: Hospitals Turn To Laborists For Safer Deliveries", Phil Galewitz, Aug. 4, 2015

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