Darn stupid doctors!!!! geeesh!

  1. A neighbor of mine was pregnant and due April 10th. She went in on Saturday with contractions. The contractions stopped after she arrived at the hospital. The doctor told her if she did not deliver on Sunday that he would induce on Monday.


    She, dutifully, went in at 5 a.m. Monday morning. At 1:18p. m., she had a 6lb 2oz baby girl. According to her husband, after the birth of the baby and before any contractions started to expel the placenta, the doctor (resident?) or are they interns?) wrapped his fingers around the cord, placed his elbow against her knee and PULLLLLLLLLED.. ( :

    At 2 p.m., her husband called to let us know the mother and baby were fine. At 3 p.m., he called to tell us she was sent to emergency surgery. She had flooded the bed all the way to her socks. The nurse came in changed the sheets and cleaned her up. Nurse went out for two minutes. When nurse came back in, the bed was flooded again and mom was white.

    2 hours of surgery later, she was okay with bleeding under control. She and baby finally got to come home today.


    Mark---wanna come work here????


    and HOW???? can a doctor STUPID enough to YANK on an umbilical cord be anywhere near a OB unit????????


    OKAY, I'VE vented enough. I'm totally dumbfounded that this happened to this poor woman.

    Has anyone else EVER had this happen?
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  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   ShandyLynnRN
    OMG! No, I've never seen a doc PULL out a placenta! I do get nervous occasionally when they tug on it a little, but I guess putting traction on it is the new thing or something.

    I'm glad your friend is OK.

    (by the way... why did you change your screen name??)
  4. by   Browneyedgirl
    I changed service providers...went to Wal-Mart's service..not sure if i like it or not. but anyway........Each time I tried to log in as parker in arkie, it would log me in and redirect me to the log in page. So, uhmm..i'm addicted. I changed it so i could get my fix.
  5. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Walmart has internet service???
  6. by   deespoohbear
    I don't work OB (never have) and even I know NOT to pull on an umbilical cord!!!

    Doctor will be lucky if doesn't get sued....
  7. by   mark_LD_RN
    seen it done before,seen one pull so hard that the cord pulled off the placenta then he went in and manually removed it. that was long ago now i speak up
  8. by   gwenith
    I do remember one case but it was when I was doing agency in ICU years back so I never learnt the outcome. Patietn was an elderly primipera US showed grossly abnormal fetus so she had a termination. I was looking after her because when they let her serum sodium hit 120 before she fitted (!!!!) Teh doctor then did a manual removal of retained products. When I nursed her they had no idea how much brain damage she would suffer. The thing is to this day I cannot understand why he did an episiotomy.
  9. by   Browneyedgirl
    lol...yeah shandy..they do. HATE it!!!!! I MISS MY CABLE HOOK UP!

    will probably go back to cable next week..but HOPEFULLY be able to KEEP my "name"
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    NO I have never seen an OB do this. HOW DISGUSTING. HOW VERY DANGEROUS. HOW REPORTABLE. (did you?)
  11. by   colleen10
    OK, I am not a nurse, not even started my clinicals yet, don't have children yet and even I know that that is not right.

    First of all, it sounds pretty damn painfull, second, if you pull on it to retrieve the placenta can't you cause the uterus to bleed out, which is what happened in this case?!?!

    If I was that woman I would sue that Dr.'s a-- off. She could have ended up with a hysto in surg. if they could not have controlled the bleeding. Does she know that?

    I'm steamed for you and her.
  12. by   Browneyedgirl
    I haven't reported it. I work at the hospital in accounting and I'm working toward my Bradley teacher certification. Her husband said there was a "new" doctor and another who said he was the "pullers" supervisor. I KNOW both she and her family are VERY upset but I don't know if they will sue.
  13. by   oramar
    I can't tell you how reading this stuff upsets me. I bet it was done because the doc was in a darn hurry.
    Last edit by RN2be on Apr 12, '03
  14. by   ShandyLynnRN
    Originally posted by colleen10
    OK, I am not a nurse, not even started my clinicals yet, don't have children yet and even I know that that is not right.

    First of all, it sounds pretty damn painfull, second, if you pull on it to retrieve the placenta can't you cause the uterus to bleed out, which is what happened in this case?!?!

    If I was that woman I would sue that Dr.'s a-- off. She could have ended up with a hysto in surg. if they could not have controlled the bleeding. Does she know that?

    I'm steamed for you and her.

    Pulling on the cord can actually cause the cord to separate from the placenta, causing hemorrhage, OR cause the placenta to come out NOT intact, with retained placenta products left in the uterus leading to hemorrhage and possible need for D&C.


    One weird thing I have seen, actually happened TWICE in one week. The doc was not pulling on the cord at all, but as the baby delivered, the cord was SO short that it literally broke!! The doc had to hurry and clamp the cord! the second was a cord that was so small and friable that it TORE as the doc was trying to put the hemostats on... he had to tie the thing because every time he tried to clamp it it tore more.

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