Fetal Scalp Electrode Monitoring Problems

Fetal Scalp Electrode Monitoring Problems

A mother may require significant assistance during delivery from an attending physician. In order to make an accurate assessment of what treatment to pursue, a physician should gather as much relevant information regarding the child’s health as can be reasonably expected. In order to gather this information, a physician can employ a device known as a fetal scalp electrode.

For a free consultation regarding your delivery room injury claim options, contact the Charleston birth injury lawyers of the Steinberg Law Firm by calling 843-720-2800 today.


A scalp electrode is placed on the child’s scalp while they are still in the womb. This electrode can then send information regarding the child’s health, specifically telling the doctor the child’s heart rate. This can help the physician establish a better understanding of what methods may be most appropriate and whether medical emergencies warrant urgent response.

If a doctor does not use a monitoring device and therefore fails to fully appreciate the nature of the child’s condition, the following health problems may arise for that child:

  • Developmental and learning disorders
  • Language and communication disorders
  • Brain damage
  • Paralysis
  • Bone and skull fractures
  • Failure to thrive

These injuries may have a permanent effect on a child’s life, requiring long-term treatment.

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If your child has been injured because of a negligent physician, there may be legal action available against the responsible party. You may be able to recover financial compensation for medical bills and other damages through a medical malpractice lawsuit. To learn more about your legal options, contact the Charleston birth injury attorneys of the Steinberg Law Firm today at 843-720-2800.

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