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Experience of fetal scalp blood sampling during labor
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (Obstetrisk forskning/Högberg)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (Obstetrisk forskning/Högberg)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (Reproduktiv hälsa/Sundström Poromaa)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4935-7532
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Women's and Children's Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (Obstetrisk forskning/Högberg)
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2014 (English)In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 93, no 1, p. 113-117Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Fetal scalp blood sampling (FBS) is often claimed to be painful for women in labor and difficult for obstetricians to perform. Our aim was to assess women's experience of pain during FBS and obstetricians' experience of difficulty in performing the test. At a tertiary centre in Sweden, a questionnaire with answers on a ten-point scale was completed by 51 women and by the obstetricians performing the test. Women's experience of pain had a median of 3.5. FBS was well tolerated in women who had epidural analgesia, but might be associated with pain in women without. Higher maternal body mass index and less cervical dilatation were associated with higher pain ratings. Obstetricians did not generally experience scalp sampling as difficult to perform (median score 3.0). However, the sampling procedure can be more complicated in situations with higher maternal body mass, less cervical dilatation, and a higher station of the fetal head. 

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2014. Vol. 93, no 1, p. 113-117
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-209534DOI: 10.1111/aogs.12271ISI: 000328435300017PubMedID: 24116986OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-209534DiVA, id: diva2:658353
Available from: 2013-10-21 Created: 2013-10-21 Last updated: 2018-02-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Birth asphyxia: Fetal scalp blood sampling and risk factors for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Birth asphyxia: Fetal scalp blood sampling and risk factors for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Preventing birth asphyxia is a major challenge in delivery care. The aims of this thesis were to evaluate fetal scalp blood sampling (FBS) and explore risk factors for moderate to severe neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).

In a study of 241 deliveries monitored by FBS, a discrepancy between pH and lactate (one abnormal and one normal value) was common (55%) in combined FBS. We found that the frequency of operative deliveries for fetal distress (ODFD) was lower when both pH and lactate were analysed in FBS compared with analysis of only pH or lactate, without affecting neonatal outcome. (Study I)

In a questionnaire study, women (n = 51) monitored by FBS generally tolerated the test well. Women without epidural, with higher body mass index (BMI), and with less cervical dilatation had higher pain ratings compared with their counterparts. The obstetricians that performed the test generally experienced the test as easy to perform, but more complicated with high maternal BMI, less cervical dilatation, and higher station of the fetal head. (Study II)

In a national cohort of 692 428 live births ≥ 36 weeks, risk factors for moderate to severe HIE were identified. We found a linear association between increasing maternal BMI and decreasing maternal height and risk of HIE. Compared with non-short (≥156 cm) and normal weight (BMI<25 kg/m2) women, short and overweight women had a threefold risk of HIE. (Study III)

Obstetric emergencies occurred in 29% of HIE cases, more commonly in parous (37%) than in nulliparous (21%) women. Among nulliparous women, shoulder dystocia was most common, with the strongest association to HIE. In parous women without previous caesarean, shoulder dystocia was most common, but placental abruption had the strongest association to HIE. Among parous women with previous caesarean, uterine rupture was the most prevalent, with the strongest association to HIE. (Study IV)

Conclusions: Combined FBS might decrease the frequency of ODFD. FBS is well tolerated in women and generally uncomplicated for the obstetrician to perform. Women with short stature and overweight have increased risk of having an infant with HIE. Obstetric emergencies are common underlying causes of HIE, especially in parous women.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2018. p. 81
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 1435
Keywords
asphyxia, fetal scalp blood sampling, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, obstetric emergencies, operative deliveries for fetal distress, overweight, short stature
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-340782 (URN)978-91-513-0250-8 (ISBN)
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2018-04-26, Rosénsalen, Ing 95/96, Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala, 13:15 (Swedish)
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