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Standardization of Intrapartum Management and Impact on Adverse Outcomes

PETTKER, CHRISTIAN M. MD

Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology: March 2011 - Volume 54 - Issue 1 - p 8–15
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e31820a033d
Intrapartum Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring

Patient safety is currently a critical focus within obstetrics. Standardization of intrapartum management, in particular with regard to fetal heart rate monitoring assessment and management, is an important effort to improve obstetrical adverse outcomes. This study explores various strategies to implement standardization of assessment and management. Such measures can impact significantly perinatal outcomes and safety culture. Investigation of the impact of standardizing intrapartum management remains an important area of further study.

Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine; and Labor and Birth Unit, Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut

Correspondence: Christian M. Pettker, MD, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. e-mail: christian.pettker@yale.edu

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.