During 2013 a large international multicenter study including 3000 delivering women was closed. Preliminary data from the study support earlier published result, that lactate levels in amniotic fluid (AFL) has a high correlation with labour outcome. 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.
More data from the study will continuously be presented during 2014 starting with SMFM Annual Meeting in New Orleans February 3- February 8, 2014.
The study was performed 2011-2013 and included approximately 3000 delivering women. The study was run in an international collaboration between hospitals in Sweden, France, Switzerland and Tanzania. In the study healthy primipara women with a spontaneous onset of labour were included.