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Investigating stillbirths using a simplified obstetric events-based protocol.
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PMID:  15678286     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: A stillbirth remains a distressing enigma to parents and clinicians alike as the cause often remains elusive. Few papers describe a protocol for the investigation of stillbirths. We evaluate the first obstetric events-based protocol designed for local use with an aim to adequately investigate stillbirths in a cost-effective manner. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was performed on 61 stillbirths at KK Women's and Children's Hospital. There were a total of 16,980 births in the year 2000. RESULTS: 37.7 percent of cases remained unexplained. There was protocol compliance in 51 cases (83.6 percent) with deviation in 10 cases (16.4 percent). The protocol helped to minimise costs in 18 cases (29.5 percent) as selected investigations were performed in view of obvious causes. The overall postmortem rate was 27.9 percent with the lowest rates in the Malay population. CONCLUSION: An obstetric events-based protocol allows clinicians to tailor their investigations easily and appropriately. It helps to provide optimal investigations and minimise unnecessary costs. It could be further fine-tuned by initiating detailed serum investigations only after delivery so as to exclude an obvious cause, like cord accidents, where full investigations are unnecessary.
T L W Lim; K H Tan; C S Tee; G S H Yeo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Singapore medical journal     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0037-5675     ISO Abbreviation:  Singapore Med J     Publication Date:  2005 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-01-28     Completed Date:  2005-09-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404516     Medline TA:  Singapore Med J     Country:  Singapore    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  63-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, 100 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229899.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Protocols*
Cohort Studies
Pregnancy Outcome*
Prospective Studies

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