Routine Pregnancy Testing: Is it a Standard of Care?

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Increasingly the courts are expanding the scope of viable causes of action and the nature of damages, as well as the spectrum of plaintiffs to include the unborn. Generally the courts accept medically established standards of care, but on occasion courts create the standard of care. Predicated on this type of scenario, routine pregnancy testing in vulnerable women may be established by the courts. This article explains the various medicolegal aspects of routine pregnancy testing in women capable of conceiving. © 1980 Southern Medical Association.

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