Use of ‘Count the Kicks’ app helping to reduce still births
A mother from the US has said the app Count the Kicks combined with a little vigilance saved her daughters life.
She had been using the app to monitor her baby’s movements so when they were reduced she realised something was wrong. Upon arrival at hospital doctors discovered the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby 3 times limiting her movement. The baby was safely delivered via an emergency caesarean section.
Since beginning a campaign in the US the founder of Count the Kicks says there has been a 26% decrease in still births. Read the full story here
PROMPT Vaginal Breech Training
PROMPT Maternity have released this video on how to manage a vaginal breech birth. The short video guides you through the manoeuvres that can be used to assist in the birth. It includes advice for when the head is both descended and when it isn’t descended enough.
Randomised study suggests increased resident/junior supervision does not significantly reduce the rate of medical errors
A randomised trial conducted in the US has investigated the impact that 2 different levels of supervision has on a resident/junior doctor. Individuals received either direct supervision with joined rounds for previously admitted patients or standard supervision with support available but not attending the round.
Findings show increased supervision did not significantly reduce the rate of medical errors but did result in interns speaking less and residents reporting a decreased level of autonomy.
Full study available here:
Effect of Increased Inpatient Attending Physician Supervision on Medical Errors, Patient Safety, and Resident Education. A Randomized Clinical Trial