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Mil Med. 1993 Jan;158(1):22-6.

Lowering the cesarean rate at a small USAF hospital.

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93d Strategic Hospital/SGHSO, Castle AFB, CA 95342-5300.


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.

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