Poll

May 2008 Instant Poll Results


 

FAILED HOME BIRTH, NOW IN THE ED

You are at the hospital, caring for your patients in labor, when a 32-year-old G3P2 with two prior cesarean section deliveries is brought to the emergency department in labor after a failed home birth.

“Will you assume care for this woman?” the nursing administrator asks you. Quickly! What would you do?



7% Refuse to accept responsibility for a high-risk patient whom you’ve never seen

29% Assume her care and recommend cesarean section

46% Assume her care and recommend cesarean section—plus, later, report the responsible midwife to the department of public health and her credentialing organization

18% Agree to assume her care as long as the hospital’s attorney and risk management team indemnify you

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