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Strategies to enhance assessment of the fetal head position before instrumental delivery: a survey of obstetric practice in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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PMID:  22921846     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To establish the current practice of obstetricians with regard to assessment of women in labour before instrumental delivery. STUDY DESIGN: A national postal survey of obstetricians in consultant-led obstetric units in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Clinical assessment before instrumental delivery, factors associated with difficulty in determining the fetal head position, approaches used to enhance determination of the fetal head position, perceived accuracy rates in assessment of the fetal head position and willingness to participate in a clinical trial of ultrasound assessment of the fetal head position before instrumental delivery were explored. RESULTS: The response rate was 75%. The majority of obstetricians assess women clinically before instrumental delivery as recommended by guidelines. Both consultants and trainees reported the following factors as being associated with difficulty in diagnosing the fetal head position: inadequate maternal pain relief, fetal caput and clinical inexperience. Strategies used when experiencing difficulty in determining the fetal head position varied, with trainees more likely than consultants to seek a second opinion (40% vs. 5%, p<0.0001), reassess in an operating theatre (80% vs. 68%, p=0.048) or abandon the procedure in favour of caesarean section (14% vs. 6%, p=0.035). One in five obstetricians reported using abdominal ultrasound to aid diagnosis, with some consultants reporting the use of ultrasound as 'a great idea' and others being 'appalled'. One in eight consultants perceived that they made an incorrect diagnosis of the fetal head position at instrumental delivery in more than 10% of deliveries compared to one in four trainees. CONCLUSION: The contrasting views on the role of ultrasound to enhance the assessment of the fetal head position before instrumental delivery suggest that it should be evaluated in a randomised clinical trial.
Meenakshi Ramphul; Yvonne O'Brien; Deirdre J Murphy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-7654     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol.     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
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Created Date:  2012-8-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375672     Medline TA:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Academic Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Trinity College Dublin & Coombe Women & Infant's University Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland.
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