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Association of unexpected newborn deaths with changes in obstetric and neonatal process of care.

Han D, Khadka A, McConnell M, et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(12):e2024589.

Unexpected death or serious disability of a newborn is considered a never event. A cross-sectional analysis including over 5 million births between 2011 and 2017 in the United States found unexpected newborn death was associated with a significant increase in use of procedures to avert or mitigate fetal distress and newborn complications (e.g., cesarean delivery, antibiotic use for suspected sepsis). These findings could reflect increased caution among clinicals or indicate more proactive attempts to identify and address potential complications.