Antenatal management of the expectant mother and extreme preterm infant at the limits of viability.
AffiliationNeonatal Intensive Care Unit, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork.
Physician's Practice Patterns/*statistics & numerical data
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CitationIr Med J. 2010 Oct;103(9):266-9.
JournalIrish medical journal
AbstractWe explored the opinions of healthcare providers on the antenatal management and outcome of preterm delivery at less than 28 weeks gestation. An anonymous postal questionnaire was sent to health care providers. The response rate was 55% (74% Obstetrician, 70% neonatologist). Twenty four weeks is the limit at which most would advocate intervention. At 23 weeks 67% of neonatologists advocate antenatal steroids. 50% of all health care providers advocate cardiotocographic monitoring at 24 weeks gestation. Written information on survival and long-term outcome is provided by 8% of the respondents. Neonatologists (50%) were more likely than obstetrician (40%) to advocate caesarean section at 25 weeks. We conclude that 24 weeks is the limit at which most would advocate intervention. Significant variation exists both between and within each health care group at less than 25 weeks. Establishment and provision of national outcome data may aid decision making at the limits of viability.