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Data from National Maternity Hospital confirms benefit of AFL monitoring

By May 13, 2014April 2nd, 2020No Comments

At SMFM Annual Meeting in New Orleans, USA, February 3 – February 8, 2014 the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin, Ireland presented data from their AFL monitoring study.

​The Irish study included 905 delivering women. The data presented confirmed previously published result that a high level of lactate in amniotic fluid (AFL) has a high correlation with Cesarean section. The Irish study also confirmed that “increasing AFL was associated with higher total oxytocin dosage”. In the study, Spontaneously labouring Single Cephalic Nulliparous women with a gestational age > 37 weeks of gestation were included.

These findings confirm that AFL can be used as a good bedside tool when treating women suffering from a dysfunctional labour. By using AFL monitoring in combination with oxytocin infusion, the frequency of operative deliveries can be reduced and delivery times optimized.