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PMID:  12616971     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The timing of birth-related events may influence neonatal outcome and is often pivotal in medicolegal cases. This prospective observational study determined the variation in displayed time on timepieces in a regional maternity unit which could result in inaccuracies of time documentation. The mean (95% CI) difference between time displayed and true time was sec (+/- 2 min 4 sec) for delivery room clocks and +1 m 8 s (+/- 7 m 12 s) for resuscitation room clocks. The maximum discrepancy between delivery room and resuscitation room clocks was 7 m 52 s. The abilities of staff to estimate the duration of time passed was also assessed. The mean (95% CI) five-minute estimate was 4 m 52 s (+/- 3 m 12 s). These disparities could have considerable medicolegal significance, and should be taken into consideration in risk management studies. Maternity units should move towards synchronising all timepieces. Meanwhile, statements about the precise timing of events should be regarded with suspicion.
C M Wong; B J Stenson; I A Laing
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scottish medical journal     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0036-9330     ISO Abbreviation:  Scott Med J     Publication Date:  2002 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-05     Completed Date:  2003-05-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2983335R     Medline TA:  Scott Med J     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  138-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Delivery Rooms / organization & administration*
Prospective Studies

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