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A study made by the University of Linköping shows that the number of emergency Caesarean sections decreases 30% by using the AFL®-method

By February 17, 2020No Comments

ObsteCare’s method contributes to save 76 million SEK annually to the maternity wards, and the use of Oxytocin will be significantly reduced according to the analysis that was made by CMT, Centre for Medical Technology Assessment, University of Linköping.

“The most prominent results of the analysis were that the number of acute caesarean sections was estimated to decrease by about 30% and instrumental deliveries by about 12%. Healthcare costs were estimated to decrease 1,662 SEK (-4%) per childbirth, in cases where labor was arrested (including cost of lactate measurement)” says Lars Bernfort, PhD, associate professor and senior lecturer at University of Linköping, where the analysis was performed.

In 2018, 114 728 deliveries were carried out in Sweden. According to “Unpublished figures from the journal system Obstetrix in Stockholm County 2019”, 40% of these women were stimulated with Oxytocin, although only 12% were diagnosed with arrested labor. Based on these figures, AFL® measurement could be performed at 46 000 deliveries per year in Sweden. Overall, it would provide savings within maternity wards of approximately SEK 76 million per year, in times when the extent and quality of maternity care is highly debated.

The study was made at CMT, Centre for Medical Technology Assessment, at Linköping University. They conduct method development, dissemination of knowledge and evaluations of methods and procedures in health care with a focus on medical, social, economic and ethical consequences. In this case, CMT made a meta-study, which statistically has combined all the original studies of the AFL®-method and has led to a more extensive material to observe.

“The conclusion is that it makes sense (cost-saving and health-promoting) to take advantage of the possibility to measure lactate levels in amniotic fluid at arrested labor. This analysis concerned primarily first-time mothers, but the results should be transferable to women with prior deliveries as well,” concludes Lars Bernfort at Linköping University.

“- To this, absences connected to psychological effects as well as other complications must be added. These women face problems that can stay for a long time. That is not included in this analysis. The actual analysis only covers what happens in the delivery room during birth”, says Harald Almström, president of ObsteCare’s Medical Advisory Board and member of the board of directors at ObsteCare AB.

ObsteCare’s product measures the lactate in amniotic fluid. This gives the obstetrician a key information that they not previously had about the status and ability of the woman and her uterus. It is an important tool to individualize the use of Oxytocin and to minimize the number of unnecessary caesarean sections. The AFL®-method (amniotic fluid lactate) makes it possible to use the lactate level in amniotic fluid, and know how to handle each delivery to increase chances for a normal, vaginal delivery.

About ObsteCare
ObsteCare’s business concept is to offer innovative solutions for maternity care, to create safer births and improve care for the mother, child and maternity wards. Prolonged deliveries are a major problem around the world, due to arrested labor. Arrested labor often leads to unnecessary caesarean sections. An accepted figure is that 40% of all first-time mothers suffer from arrested or prolonged labor.

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