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Feasibility of pulse oximetry for assessment of infants born in community based midwifery care.
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PMID:  23866687     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: to evaluate the feasibility of using pulse oximetry (PO) for evaluating infants born in community-based midwifery care.
DESIGN: a prospective, observational study of infants born after midwifery supervised (home) births.
SETTING: 27 midwives from seven practices providing primary care in (home) births used PO at birth or the early puerperal period over a ten-month period. Data were obtained on the effect of PO on outcome, interventions and decision-making. Midwives were surveyed about applicability and usefulness of PO.
PARTICIPANTS: 153 infants born in primary midwifery care.
FINDINGS: all births were uncomplicated except for one infant receiving supplemental oxygen and another was mask ventilated. In 138/153 (90%) infants PO was successfully used and 88% of midwives found PO easy to use. In 148/153 (97%) infants PO did not influence midwives' clinical judgment and referral policy. In 5/153 (3%) infants, midwives were uncertain of the infant's condition, but PO measurements were reassuring. In case of suboptimal neonatal condition or resuscitation, 100% of midwives declared they would use PO again.
KEY CONCLUSIONS: it is feasible to use PO in community based midwifery care, but not considered an important contribution to routine evaluation of infants. Midwives would like to have PO available during suboptimal neonatal condition or when resuscitation is required.
IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: PO can be applied in community based midwifery care; it does not lead to insecurity or extra referral. Further research on a larger group of infants must show the effect of PO on neonatal outcomes.
Marrit Smit; Angelina Ganzeboom; Jennifer A Dawson; Frans J Walther; Jacqueline Bustraan; Jos J M van Roosmalen; Arjan B Te Pas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-7-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Midwifery     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-3099     ISO Abbreviation:  Midwifery     Publication Date:  2013 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-7-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8510930     Medline TA:  Midwifery     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Obstetrics, Leiden University Medical Centre, Albinusdreef 2, 2300 RC Leiden, The Netherlands. Electronic address:
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