Sometimes the treatments a doctor recommends carries risks. It is up to the doctor to inform patients of those risks so their patients can make a decision on their own. This is one way they can reduce the chance of a negligence claim if something goes wrong.
Studies are a major method doctors use to determine which procedures carry risks. Here’s an example from Science Daily.
Premature babies are sometimes given drugs to force them to mature faster if they are at risk. An example is using corticosteroids to speed lung maturation. However, a study last year found that there is a clinically significant reduction in birth size when this technique is used.
While there was no difference in Apgar scores in the lower-birth-weight children, they did require more medical care during the first seven days of life. However, the drug dose did help the lungs to mature.
The study recommends that high-risk patients need to be identified early so that the benefits of corticoid steroid therapy before birth can be weighed against this clear downside.
If a doctor recommends a procedure you’re not familiar with, ask about the risks. You need to know them so you can make an informed choice about your care and the care of your baby.