Significant reduction of Metabolic Acidosis by 84% after STAN implementation
A study conducted by the University Medical Centre in Utrecht, The Netherlands, has shown a reduction of metabolic acidosis of 84% – more specifically from 2.5% to 0.4% – in 19,664 medium to high risk pregnancies. The study was carried out over a period of 14 years during which the STAN method was implemented. The study also revealed a decrease in neonatal encephalopathy, the number of micro-blood samples, caesarean sections and vaginal instrumental deliveries.
The continuous decrease in metabolic acidosis during the years following the implementation of the ST-analysis is in line with the results of studies of a similar nature.
As was already known, these findings indicate that the introduction of the ST-analysis method has resulted in a significant improvement of the perinatal result.
The objective of the study was to evaluate the changes in the field of perinatal interventions and unfavourable neonatal results following the implementation of ST-analysis between 2000 and 2013.
The University Medical Centre in Utrecht is a third-line reference centre with an annual number of deliveries of approximately 2,500. Since 2010 all nine delivery rooms have been equipped with STAN.
The results of this study have been published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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