Potential liability of reproductive endocrinologists for high order multiple gestation

Mostafa Borahay, John Phelps

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Abstract

Background: In light of the recent octuplet birth and the accompanying intensive media coverage, there has been much attention on high order multiple births resulting from assisted reproductive technology. Objectives: The purpose of this commentary is to review 1) the relative contribution of ART to high order multiple gestation and its impact on infant morbidity, mortality, and health care dollar loss; 2) American Society of Reproductive Medicine's guidelines for the number of embryos transferred in ART; and 3) how reproductive endocrinologists can lessen their exposure to litigation by following the ASRM guidelines for the number of embryos transferred and documenting proper informed consent in the medical records. Recommendations: In situations in which the number of embryos transferred is in excess of the ASRM guidelines, justification for deviating from the ASRM guidelines should be justifiable and documented in the medical records.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-159
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2010

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Guidelines
Pregnancy
Embryonic Structures
Medical Records
Multiple Birth Offspring
Reproductive Medicine
Assisted Reproductive Techniques
Infant Mortality
Jurisprudence
Informed Consent
Parturition
Morbidity
Delivery of Health Care
Endocrinologists
Infant Health

Keywords

  • High order multiple births
  • Infertility
  • Informed consent
  • IVF
  • Liability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)

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Potential liability of reproductive endocrinologists for high order multiple gestation. / Borahay, Mostafa; Phelps, John.

In: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, Vol. 27, No. 4, 04.2010, p. 157-159.

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