The Use of Cervical Length to Reduce Hospital Stay in Women Admitted Because of Preterm Labor.
The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of the use of sonographic cervical length (CL) on the hospital stay in women admitted because of preterm labor.
Procedure: Cervical length ultrasound
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
- Length of hospital stay
- Gestational age at delivery
- Rate of hospital stay below 3 days
- Interval admission-to-delivery < 7 days
- Rate of preterm delivery before 37 weeks
- Rate of preterm delivery before 34 weeks
|Study Start Date:||January 2002|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||April 2005|
Eligible women who agreed to participate in the study were randomized by means of a central randomization office into two groups:
CONTROL group: cervical length was measured but the result was blinded to the physician in charge and women was managed according to the standard protocol.
STUDY group: cervical length was measured and the result was reported to the physician in charge. If cervical length was of 25 mm or more, discharge in 12-24 h was recommended. If cervical length was less than 25 mm, decision on discharge was made following clinical criteria.
|Hospital Clínic of Barcelona|
|Sabino de Arana 1, Barcelona, Spain, 08028|
|Principal Investigator:||Montse Palacio||Hospital Clinic of Barcelona|
|Principal Investigator:||Vicenç Cararach||Hospital Clínic of Barcelona|