A set of practices developed as part of a Premier Perinatal Safety Initiative has been shown to reduce injuries among newborn babies by anywhere from 5.4 percent to 25 percent at hospitals that have adopted them. Besides reducing birth injuries, the practices had the effect of reducing legal liability and costs and reducing traumatic experiences for medical personnel as well as parents. Despite this, only 14 hospitals have adopted the measures as preferred best practices.
A 12-year-old boy in New York was taken to a pediatrician by his parents, and later saw a doctor at a hospital emergency room. Both diagnosed him as merely suffering from a stomachache, and medicine was prescribed to handle this minor problem. About 72 hours later, his parents were faced with making funeral arrangements for him. The boy died because of an untreated infection that led to sepsis. The indications are that the death was the result of medical malpractice.