The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published quality standards on preterm labour and birth.
The quality standards highlight care for pregnant women who are considered to be at risk of, or with symptoms and signs of preterm labour and birth.
They also draw on existing guidance which provide recommendations that are designed to support the measurement of improvement.
There are six quality statements in the standards covering the following:
- Providing information about potential signs and symptoms of preterm labour
- Prophylactic vaginal progesterone and prophylactic cervical cerclage
- Information for women having a planned preterm birth
- Tocolysis and corticosteroids for women in suspected preterm labour between 26+0 weeks and 29+6 weeks of pregnancy
- Corticosteroids for women between 30+0 weeks and 33+6 weeks of pregnancy
- Magnesium Sulphate for women between 24+0 weeks and 29+6 weeks of pregnancy
The quality standards do not apply to women with a multiple pregnancy.
Preterm labour and birth quality standards have been endorsed by NHS England as required by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
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