How Florida Hospitals are Putting Mothers at Risk with Unnecessary C-Sections
A study on Florida hospitals has revealed an alarming number of cesarean sections (C-sections) being performed during deliveries. The study, compiled by the Leapfrog Group, a healthcare safety research organization, claims Florida has the highest rate of C-sections in the nation. During a C-section, the baby is delivered through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus.
According to the data, some Florida hospitals perform 68 C-sections for every 100 deliveries. On average, Florida hospitals perform 42 C-sections for every 100 deliveries.
Researchers affiliated with the study claimed hospitals are putting mothers at risk by performing unnecessary C-sections. The C-sections mentioned in the report were used on mothers who did not need the procedures. C-sections are used when there are complications during delivery, such as twins. When C-sections are ordered for superficial reasons, mothers and babies can be put at risk for health complications.
Why Can Unnecessary C-Sections Put Mothers at Risk During Delivery?
Under some circumstances, C-sections can save the lives of mothers and babies. In other cases, the procedure becomes an unnecessary risk, putting mothers in danger of developing fatal health conditions. Potentially harmful health conditions include infections, blood clots, blood loss and reactions to anesthesia.
A 2011 report released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine claimed the risk of death is three times higher for women who receive C-sections. If the Leapfrog Group report is correct, Florida hospitals are putting mothers at risk for complications during delivery.
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