Obstetric Guidelines 2015-2017
Obstetric Guidelines 2015-2017 (The guidelines are advisory, NOT mandatory)
This is the third edition of the Bedside clinical guidelines partnership/Staffordshire, Shropshire & Black Country Newborn and Maternity Network Obstetric
guidelines. It has been compiled as an aide-memoire for all staff concerned with obstetric management, towards a more uniform standard of care.
The Staffordshire, Shropshire & Black Country Newborn and Maternity Network and the Bedside Clinical Guidelines Partnership have provided the logistical,
fnancial and editorial expertise to produce these guidelines. These guidelines have been drafted with reference to published medical literature and amended
after extensive consultation. Wherever possible, the recommendations made are evidence based. Where no clear evidence has been identifed from published
literature the advice given represents a consensus of the expert authors and their peers and is based on their practical experience.
No guideline will apply to every patient, even where the diagnosis is clear-cut; there will always be exceptions.
These guidelines are not intended as a substitute for logical thought and must be tempered by clinical judgement in the individual patient and advice
from senior colleagues.
Where possible the guidelines are based on evidence from published literature. It is intended that evidence relating to statements made in the guidelines and its
quality will be made explicit. Where supporting evidence has been identifed it is graded I to V according to standard criteria of validity and methodological
quality as detailed in the table below. A summary of the evidence supporting each statement is available, with the original sources referenced. The evidence
summaries are developed on a rolling programme which will be updated as the guideline is reviewed.
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