Failure in GPs' communication contributed to baby’s death

An emergency caesarean would probably have been performed earlier if there'd been a better handover between the two GPs: SA coroner

Better communication between two rural GPs could have helped prevent the death of a newborn baby, a SA coroner has found.

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The infant girl died from hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy secondary to intrapartum hypoxia, two days after her emergency caesarean birth.

Coroner Anthony Schapel found a “proper and thorough” handover of the baby’s mother, who was suffering from a uterine rupture and obstructed labour, between two GPs was one factor that could have prevented her death.