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MBRRACE-UK – Savings Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care 2020 report for 2020; what are the key findings?

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Kerstin Scheel reviews the key findings from the recent MBRRACE-UK report into maternity care.

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More needs to be done to avoid, and treat, impacted fetal head

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Is delivering a baby by caesarean section becoming more difficult? According to the Early Notification Scheme’s most recent report, difficult delivery of the head of the baby during caesarean section is becoming more of a problem.

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Is Erb’s palsy ever just a result of the forces of labour?

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Paul Rumley, who specialises in Erb’s palsy claims, explains whether defences using the maternal propulsive theory are likely to rule out Erb’s palsy being as a result of negligence.

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Maternal care on the global stage and a closer look at hyponatraemia in the UK

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Abigail Ringer, a member of our expert Birth Injury team, reviews some recent stats comparing the UK’s performance in maternity care to countries across the world.

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‘Next-gen’ gaming isn’t here until video games are accessible for all – fortunately progress has been made for gamers with disabilities

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With a new generation of consoles now with (some of) us, Mark Walters and Olivia Plumb look at the current state of accessibility in gaming. Is there more still to be done to help gamers with disabilities?

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The Shrewsbury Maternity Scandal – the report’s findings and what all maternity services can learn from it

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Abigail Ringer explains the findings of the Ockenden review, and details what both Shrewsbury & Telford Trust and maternity units across the country can learn from it.

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The Shrewsbury Maternity Scandal – The first official report due today

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For anyone who has been following our blogs on the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust Independent Maternity Review, the first official report is expected to be published later today, in what is thought to have become the largest maternity scandal in NHS history.

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What you need to know about maternal sepsis – guidelines, improvements to treatment and impact

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A significant cause of maternal deaths in the UK results from sepsis (around 10%) (1). The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have clear guidelines on the management of bacterial sepsis before and after pregnancy, but is this enough to prevent serious harm to mother and babies from sepsis?

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Adverse incidents for babies affected by oxygen deprivation at term birth: what changes have occurred to the NHS Early Notification Scheme’s and Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch’s investigations? An update

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Kerstin Scheel explains the changes made to processes of the NHS Early Notification Scheme (ENS) and Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) in light of COVID-19.

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The Disability Discrimination Act 25 years on – has it achieved its aims?

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Eirian Hitchmough, a solicitor in our Compensation Protection Unit, recognises last week’s anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act and explains how things have changed in the last 25 years – as well as what still needs to happen…

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Scoliosis correction surgery – what are the risks and how can they be mitigated?

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Simon Elliman considers the risks associated with procedures to correct scoliosis and what sometimes goes wrong, either in terms of achieving the desired outcome, or by way of catastrophic complications of the surgery.

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The importance of rehab after a stroke – a client story

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Here Sarah White from our Medical Negligence team relays the story of one client who experienced a stroke, and how ensuring he got the right rehab changed is outlook on the future.

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