Disclosing Medical Errors to Patients

For further information on advocacy, contact Melissa Maimann at Essential Birth Consulting.

... The policy of Open Disclosure mandates that clinicians explain, take action, express regret and apologise for unexpected outcomes. In an effort to acknowledge patients' concerns following adverse events and their preference for open communication, Open Disclosure policy is being mandated at national and international levels.

I wonder if this extends to birth-related outcomes, especially when unnecessary interventions take place. You know, inductions for "big" 3Kg babies, caesareans for "failure to progress", limited options for VBAC (well, I really mean no option - repeat caesarean or repeat caesarean).

New legislation which may come through will mandate all health professionals to report colleagues whose practices are deemed to be unsafe. Currently, we ought to report unsafe practices; this new legislation will make it mandatory.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448