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Ruptured Membrane Injury

A premature ruptured membrane, or more commonly known as PROM, is a serious issue and threat to the mother and unborn child. A ruptured membrane is considered premature when it occurs before 37 weeks. A pregnant mother diagnosed with a premature ruptured membrane should be cared for urgently. Often, labor and delivery are induced soon after the membrane ruptures and therefore women generally only remain pregnant for a few weeks after the diagnosis. However, survival rates for the fetus are not very promising early on. There is a 12% survival rate when the rupture occurs at 16-19 weeks and a 60% chance at 25-26 weeks. A premature ruptured membrane in the midtrimester (13-26 weeks) has a poor prognosis though better results are being seen in recent studies. Monitoring the mother and child after the membrane rupture is crucial. If both the mother and child are stable it is still important to reevaluate their condition daily in order to prevent the mother from contracting an infection and to help improve the fetus’s chance of survival. In the diagnosis of a ruptured membrane, maternal health and safety should be the primary concern.

For more information on premature ruptured membranes, click here.

If you or someone you know has suffered due to a ruptured membrane and would like to speak further about it, contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood at 1-877-829-7211.

This entry was posted in Child Safety & Injury, Medical Malpractice.