Fetal Acid Base Status and Umbilical Cord Sampling presented by Dr. David Acker
This webinar was presented by Dr. David Acker on April 24, 2013.
From its initial ascertainment, if collected accurately and without contamination, umbilical cord blood gas provides the pediatric team with an objective and precise assessment of fetal status. As treatment of the baby continues, it allows for comparison to the initial state and confirmation of progress or the need for intensification of efforts. As time goes by and case analysis continues, this initial assessment allows better understanding of the clinical events that transpired and, if litigation occurs years later, it can provide an objective finding.
In a recent webinar, David Acker, M.D., reviewed the technique of acquiring an uncontaminated specimen and understanding the results, addressed the common problem of what to do if an immediate sample cannot be obtained and compared the cost-benefit ratio as to whether this test should be performed on all patients or only when the baby is depressed.