21st June 2017
Yet another report has been released, this time by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, showing shocking figures for the number of poor birth outcomes across UK maternity wards in just one year of study. The RCOG ‘Each Baby Counts’ inquiry showed that there were 126 stillbirths, 156 early neonatal deaths (deaths that occurred within 7 days of birth) and an horrific 854 babies born brain damaged in the UK during 2015. These figures have to be cut NOW!
Why, when K2 products have been shown to be successful in not only training clinicians in CTG analysis, fetal monitoring and maternity crisis management, but also in reducing poor perinatal outcomes by providing a comprehensive electronic risk management system for labour and delivery, including a fully computerised interpretation of fetal heart rate monitoring during labour, are these scandalous figures allowed to continue?
You only have to look at the Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths and Deaths in Infancy in 1999 to see that these figures have seen no improvement in nearly 20 years. Countless reviews and reports still continue to identify that human errors and misinterpretation of the fetal CTG trace are preventing improvements in perinatal outcome, despite the RCOG report stating that 3 in every 4 of the babies may have had a different outcome if they had received different levels of care. The lack of accurate assessment of fetal well-being, including the lack of understanding and interpretation of the fetal heart trace during labour, were cited as significant factors. However, these deaths and poor outcomes continue to be accepted despite K2’s portfolio of products that can easily resolve so many of the issues raised, save countless lives and reduce the suffering of so many families.
It has been proven, in a trialled environment within 24 UK hospitals, that K2’s INFANT-Guardian®puts a proven expert in CTG interpretation at every bedside for every labour that requires continuous fetal heart rate monitoring. Able to not only raise alerts, both visually and audibly, in the delivery suite if an anomaly in the fetal heart rate trace is detected, this information is also communicated, via Guardian’s comprehensive interface, across the hospital network. Crucial data can then be viewed at central stations, doctors’ offices and even in doctors’ homes, when on call, ensuring there is always senior staff oversight and vigilance, an important factor raised within the RCOG report. With INFANT-Guardian® continuous monitoring is continuous, 24 hours a day, allowing senior clinicians to intervene in cases of concern and support clinicians on the ground who may require additional assistance or advice. INFANT-Guardian® empowers clinicians and birth partners and has been proven to reduce the number of poorest outcomes by more than half.
The RCOG, as well as K2, continues to ask policy makers and governments for adequate resourcing to bring these appalling figures for poor birth outcomes down. Find out more about K2’s product portfolio, including the ground-breaking INFANT-Guardian®, to see how your Trust can support your clinicians, reduce human suffering and protect the Health Service from continual financial burden for avoidable poor birth outcomes. There is no excuse, INFANT-Guardian® is available NOW!