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Towards the modern management of ectopic pregnancy: a complete audit cycle of practice in a London teaching hospital.
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PMID:  15512295     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
We carried out a complete audit cycle of the management of ectopic pregnancy at a London teaching hospital over 2 years. Case notes of women presenting to St George's Hospital, London in 1995 with ectopic pregnancy were examined and management was assessed. The targets were low rates of rupture, high rates of sonographic diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy, acceptable rates of tubal conservation and laparoscopic surgery. We also considered levels of training of junior doctors in laparoscopic surgery for ectopic pregnancy and the acceptable duration of hospital stay for patients. Recommendations were made, the standards were modified, and the audit repeated for the year 1996. A substantial improvement in the quality of care of women with ectopic pregnancy was achieved. The main improvement was in the ultrasonographic diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy. There was also a reduction in ectopic pregnancies which were ruptured, possibly due to earlier diagnosis. The percentage of cases treated laparoscopically remained stable. More junior doctors performed laparoscopic surgery for the condition. Finally, we confirmed that laparoscopic management of ectopic pregnancy significantly reduces duration of hospital stay, conferring advantages to both patient and hospital.
K O Oyelese; H Shehata; S Hussain; I Manyonda
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0144-3615     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  1999 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-29     Completed Date:  2005-04-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309140     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  276-9     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St George's Hosptial, London, UK.
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