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Implementation of a clinical practice guideline for antenatal magnesium sulphate for neuroprotection in Australia and New Zealand

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  • Emily Bain,

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    • Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Robinson Institute, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Tanya Bubner,

    1. Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Robinson Institute, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Pat Ashwood,

    1. Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Robinson Institute, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Caroline A. Crowther,

    1. Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Robinson Institute, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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  • Philippa Middleton,

    1. Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Robinson Institute, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Correspondence: Miss Emily Bain, Australian Research Centre for Health of Women and Babies, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Robinson Institute, The University of Adelaide, Level 1, Queen Victoria Building, Women's and Children's Hospital, 72 King William Road, North Adelaide, SA 5006, Australia. Email: emily.bain@adelaide.edu.au

Abstract

Health professionals at 25 Australian and New Zealand tertiary maternity hospitals were surveyed about local implementation of a clinical practice guideline for antenatal magnesium sulphate for fetal neuroprotection. Seventy-six percent of respondents reported that their hospital is currently following a guideline; 36% confirmed that their hospital is auditing uptake. Estimates of uptake ranged from 53 to 90%. Ongoing education and support are needed to ensure that the guidelines are optimally implemented, and uptake and important health outcomes are monitored.

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