Getting to grips with shoulder dystocia

Shoulder dystocia happens when a babies head emerges into the world but one of their shoulders gets stuck. In this study Edith D. Gurewitsch Allen, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, led a team of researchers looking into whether a quality-improvement programme could improve the way shoulder dystocia was managed. The researchers found that a systematic programme of quality assurance with specific proscriptive (you shouldn’t do x, y or z) and prescriptive (you should do a, b and c) instructional content was linked to improved recognition of, treatment for, and results in shoulder dystocia.

You can read an abstract of this article here.


About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.
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