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Tartu University Hospital introduces unique clinical solution to help women with dysfunctional labour during childbirth.

By September 16, 2016April 2nd, 2020No Comments

Tartu University Hospital introduces a unique clinical method, AFL-monitoring, to help women with dysfunctional labour and with the potential to avoid unnecessary caesarian sections. With the AFL-method, lactate level in the amniotic fluid (AFL) 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. The method was introduced at the Women’s Clinic of Tartu University Hospital early June 2016.

​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.

Tartu University Hospital

For the first time it is now possible to monitor the status of the uterus during labour and the effect on the delivery process. The AFL-method is a Point-of-Care solution that is quick and easy to use and non-invasive. It has been developed by the Swedish company Obstecare AB and is based on ground-breaking research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

​“We are very enthusiastic about the implementation of AFL-method in our clinic.” “Since the start early this summer we have been able to avoid some Caesarian sections thanks to the new method” says Doctor Fred Kirss MD, Head of Department of Obstetrics.

About Tartu University Hospital

Tartu University Hospital is, with its 965 beds and almost 500 000 outpatient visits per year, the largest provider of medical care in Estonia and is the only university hospital in the country. The university was founded in 1632 by the Swedish King Gustav II Adolf. The obstetrics department in the Woman’s Clinic has about 2 500 births annually.