Journal article

Intrapartum fetal scalp lactate sampling for fetal assessment in the presence of a non-reassuring fetal heart rate trace

Christine E East, Leo R Leader, Penelope Sheehan, Naomi E Henshall, Paul B Colditz, Rosalind Lau

COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Fetal scalp blood sampling for lactate estimation may be considered following identification of an abnormal or non-reassuring fetal heart rate pattern. The smaller volume of blood required for this test, compared with the more traditional pH estimation, may improve sampling rates. The appropriate use of this practice mandates systematic review of its safety and clinical effectiveness prior to widespread introduction. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effectiveness and risks of fetal scalp lactate sampling in the assessment of fetal well-being during labour, compared with no testing or alternative testing. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trials ..

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