During the first week of March obstetrician from six European countries met in Stockholm to discuss the application of AFL monitoring. The obstetricians represented hospitals using or just about to start using the method in clinical practise as a tool to treat women suffering from dysfunctional labour. During the two day hands-on work shop the experience of using the method and introduction of it in practical care was discussed and clinical experiences shared.
AFL can be used as a good bedside tool when treating women suffering from a dysfunctional delivery. With the AFL-method, lactate level in the amniotic fluid is monitored during labour. The AFL™-level gives important information about the status of the uterine muscle, helping clinicians make the best decisions for mother and child. By using AFL monitoring in combination with Oxytocin infusion, the frequency of operative deliveries can be reduced and delivery times be optimized.
Dysfunctional labour is a term describing a slow progressing delivery process and can be caused by inadequate contractions of the uterus. In many cases it will result in interventions, caesarean sections, vacuum or forceps, instead of a spontaneous vaginal delivery. Interventions always increase the risk for complications for both the mother and child and must be avoided if possible.