Perinatal Death at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital


There has been much interest in the unfortunate outcome at the Bankstown-Lidcombe hospital where one baby died and another has had adverse outcome. We only have media reports at this stage to suggest the cause of the problem and will need to await the investigation and Coroner’s report. 

Babies used to be resuscitated with oxygen, but the evidence based practice now is for the initial resuscitation to be done using air. However, oxygen may still be used in certain circumstances. 

Every now and then babies die for no apparent reason.  The unexplained death of a baby at term is a major problem and there is a lot of research being carried out to try to explain these deaths.

One of the important investigations that can be carried out is an autopsy, but if the parents are unwilling for this to happen, then examination of the placenta by a perinatal pathologist may be able to shed some light as to the cause of the perinatal death.

The Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) is devoted to the investigation and management of perinatal deaths and has guidelines for the investigation of perinatal deaths.  For more information see the website:”.  

If your client has had an adverse outcome during pregnancy or birth, Lex Medicus has Obstetricians and Gynaecologists who are experts in their field and can provide independent medical examinations and medico-legal reports, including medical negligence and unfair dismissal.

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