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Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 1988 Dec;27(3):353-7.

The kick chart in high-risk pregnancies: a two-year experience in Zimbabwe.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Gweru Provincial Hospital, Zimbabwe.

Abstract

A kick chart has been recorded by 200 high-risk pregnancies during their antepartum hospitalization. Except for 19 mothers who presented with an unreliable count, this study suggests a good correlation between an abnormal kick chart and an increased risk of intrauterine death. The obstetrical outcome was much better among the patients with a normal kick chart compared to those with an abnormal count. This easy, cheap, low-technology test could be useful in developing countries when monitoring of fetal well-being is required.

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A kick chart has been recorded by 200 high-risk pregnancies during their antepartum hospitalization. Except for 19 mothers who presented with an unreliable count, this study suggests a good correlation between abnormal kick chart and an increased risk of intrauterine death. Subjects were patients admitted to the antepartum ward at the Gweru Provincial Hospital, Zimbabwe during the period from January 1st, 1985 to December 12th, 1986. The Cardiff "Count-to-Ten" counting method was used to assess fetal activity. The obstetrical outcome was much better among the patients with a normal kick chart, compared to those with an abnormal count, in preventing stillbirths. This easy, cheap, low-technology test could be useful in developing countries when monitoring of fetal well-being is required.

PMID:
2904897
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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