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Title: Medical retrieval of pregnant women in labour: A scoping review.
Authors: McInnes J
Honan B
Johnson R
Durup C
Venkatesh A
William Gardiner F
Schultz R
Spring B
Citation: Crown Copyright © 2022. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
McInnes J, Honan B, Johnson R, Durup C, Venkatesh A, William Gardiner F, Schultz R, Spring B. Medical retrieval of pregnant women in labour: A scoping review. Australas Emerg Care. 2022 Nov 2:S2588-994X(22)00085-9. doi: 10.1016/j.auec.2022.10.002. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36335020.
Abstract: BACKGROUND: Remote Australian women in labour often rely on retrieval services to allow birthing in specialist obstetric centres. However, there is currently debate over when not to transfer a woman in labour, for risk of an in-transit birth, associated with worse neonatal outcomes. METHODS: A scoping review methodology was undertaken, to define the scope of published literature on the topic and identify gaps in the current knowledge. RESULTS: A total of seven full texts were deemed suitable for synthesis, which were all retrospective observational studies. Four themes from the studies' findings were identified: population features, predicting time-to-birth, use of tocolysis and birth during medical evacuation. CONCLUSION: The evidence identified in this review was of low methodological quality and heterogenous. The key findings were that births in-flight are rare, despite geographical distances and long transport times, with a knowledge gap on predictors of time-to-birth.
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Journal title: Australasian emergency care
Publication Date: 2022-11-02
Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1016/j.auec.2022.10.002
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