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Khan working to improve C-section surgeries

By \\\\\ Anna Ramdass anna.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

An implementation plan to improve the methods of conducting Caesarean surgeries is in the works says Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan.

Khan disclosed yesterday that on Wednesday when he met with the chairmen of all Regional Health Authorities (RHAs), the chief executive officers, heads of nursing, heads of paediatric care and heads of neonatology to discuss the report into the death of baby Simeon.

He said the RHA officials were asked to come up with an implementation plan that will address the communication aspect between the departments and the production of a multi-team approach to both non-elective and elective pregnancies of Caesarean sections.

Khan said they were also asked to develop written protocols and a checklist system involving nursing, medical and lab professionals aimed at providing quality care to the patient.

In March this year, baby Simeon died while his mother Quelly Ann Cottle was undergoing Caesarean section surgery.

On instructions of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan appointed a committee to investigate the death comprising chairman and retired Appeal Court judge Mustapha Ibrahim, neonatologist Dr Petronella Manning-Alleyne and consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist Dr Melanie Clare Davis of the UK. 

The committee’s report has stated baby Simeon’s injury occurred from failure to exercise the degree of skill which was required in order to perform the surgery and that a prima facie case for negligence may have been made out by the doctor’s own admission that a surgical error was responsible for the death. The report also contained a number of recommendations to improve the health system.

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