Lowering the cesarean rate at a small USAF hospital.
From July 1, 1988 to June 30, 1989, programs were initiated at the 93d Strategic Hospital at Castle AFB, California, to lower the cesarean (C/S) rate. Programs included vaginal birth after cesarean, external cephalic version, adequate labor documentation, and peer review of all C/S for fetal distress. One year prior (N = 467) was compared to the year after the start of these programs (N = 430). A significant decrease of 21.2% to 10.2% (p < 0.0001) was documented. We conclude that aggressive management of obstetrical patients can reduce the rate of C/S in a small USAF hospital without increasing maternal or neonatal risk.
Published In/Presented At
Rust, O. A., Place, J. C., Melendez, D., & Leyro, P. A. (1993). Lowering the cesarean rate at a small USAF hospital. Military medicine, 158(1), 22–26.
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology