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Ultrasound screening for fetal abnormality in Ireland: a national survey.
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PMID:  17619094     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Since 1997, the RCOG have recommended that ultrasound screening for fetal abnormality in pregnancy should be offered to all women. AIM: This study describes the practices and service provision of ultrasound screening for fetal abnormality in Ireland. METHODS: A national survey of all maternity units providing an obstetric ultrasound service (n = 21) was undertaken. RESULTS: All units responded to the survey. First trimester ultrasound for dating was performed routinely in 57% of units. Second trimester ultrasound screening for fetal anomaly was available either routinely or selectively in all units. Wide variations in the management of a pregnancy after an adverse diagnosis were observed. CONCLUSION: This survey indicates a wide variation in the use of ultrasound to screen for fetal abnormality. Recommendations are made to improve the service through the use of a standard protocol to examine fetal structures. A national debate on screening for fetal abnormality is required urgently.
J Lalor; D Devane; P McParland
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-07-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish journal of medical science     Volume:  176     ISSN:  1863-4362     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir J Med Sci     Publication Date:  2007 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-24     Completed Date:  2008-01-18     Revised Date:  2009-05-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806864     Medline TA:  Ir J Med Sci     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  175-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 24, D'Olier Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Fetal Diseases / ultrasonography*
Health Care Surveys
Pregnancy Trimester, First
Pregnancy Trimester, Second
Pregnancy Trimester, Third
Ultrasonography, Prenatal / utilization*

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