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Dec 12 2012 11:24AM
 
Hospital scanning 'costs lives of healthy babies’
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There was a high possibility that women were losing well babies due to errors committed by the doctors in hospitals.

According to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice), doctors are carrying out ultrasound scans, finding no heartbeat and consequently removing the early foetus.

“Sometimes this leads to women having surgical intervention early on. Women are told that the pregnancy is unviable at a very early stage. Sometimes I have seen mistakes made because one has tried to deal with things too early and not just waited.

“If people understand why we are saying it would better to wait, they will be sure of what we are doing,” Mary Ann Lumsden, professor of gynaecology at Glasgow University was quoted by The Telegraph.

She added that doctors should explain their early scans before they can even confirm if a woman had a miscarried.
 
Misguided terminations of healthy pregnancies are only one matter covered by the guidance and it aimed at improving care for women suffering suspected miscarriages.

Miscarriage is the spontaneous end of a pregnancy at a stage where the embryo or fetus is incapable of surviving independently, this according to Wikipedia.org.

According to The Telegraph, Nice has recommended training for doctors and nurses in how to “communicate sensitively” with women suffering from miscarriages yearly.

“It actually doesn’t cost a great deal to be sympathetic. It is something that happens to a lot of women. But for each woman it is a unique event. We must recognise people’s distress,” Prof Lumsden said.

According to Medicinenet.com causes of miscarriage cannot always be determined.

However, the site said that the most common known causes of miscarriage in the first third of pregnancy are chromosomal abnormalities, collagen vascular disease such as lupus, and diabetes.

Between 2006 and 2008 there were 35,495 confirmed ectopic pregnancies, of which six women died in their first trimester as a direct result, said Telegraph as reported by Nice. 

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