When is a resuscitation of a new born medical malpractice?
If there have been signs of fetal distress, if a baby is not breathing or crying normally, or if it does not have a healthy colour or skin tone, a medical provider would likely determine that something beyond routine after-birth care is needed to assist the baby. If the baby’s heart rate is less than 100 beats per minute, some level of resuscitation effort is likely needed. More significant interventions are required if the baby’s heart rate falls below 60 bpm. If the standard of care to provide resuscitation in these scenarios are breached without extenuating circumstances, the medical provider's negligence may cause or contribute to a baby's injuries. This is called medical malpractice.