Self referral of women in labour at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital after the introduction of a triage down referral system

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dc.contributor.author Dlakavu, Welekazi Fuziwe
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-25T05:14:22Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-25T05:14:22Z
dc.date.issued 2013-01-25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/12297
dc.description.abstract Background and objectives There has been a steady annual increase in the number of deliveries performed at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in recent years. A 2004 audit found that approximately one third of deliveries conducted at the hospital were of women who had referred themselves and were low risk and as such did not require delivery at a specialist centre. A triage down-referral system back to midwife obstetric units was implemented in 2008 to address the problem of low-risk self-referrals at the hospital. This study was conducted after the establishment of the triage system to find out whether the establishment of the triage system had been accompanied by a decrease in the proportion of self-referred women presenting to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in labour, and to assess delivery outcomes in these patients. Literature review The literature review was conducted using Pubmed and MDConsult using the key words self referral, triage, gatekeeper, low-risk pregnancy, maternity / labour and referral systems. Relevant references were accessed via the University of the Witwatersrand eJournal portal. Appropriate articles cited by other authors were also reviewed. Appropriate websites were also used and referenced. Methods This was a retrospective descriptive study which included all women presenting in labour to the hospital maternity admissions area. The study population was clinical case-files of all births that were admitted in labour from 1 May to 31 May 2010. A simple random sample of these files was drawn. Results One hundred and eighty two intra-partum admissions were sampled. Thirty-five (19%) of these women were self-referred. Seven out of the 35 (20%) required caesarean sections. Five more (14%) needed oxytocin augmentation of labour, and one more (3%) had a vacuum delivery. Twenty women (57%) did not develop any complications during labour and could have been delivered at their midwife obstetrics units. During the month of the study, the triage down-referral system attended to 171 women and down-referred 83 (49%). Conclusion The establishment of a triage down- referral system has been accompanied by a curtailment in the number of low-risk pregnancies presenting self-referred at the referral hospital labour ward, compared with the audit in 2004. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.subject self referral
dc.subject low-risk pregnancy
dc.subject triage
dc.subject.mesh Labor
dc.title Self referral of women in labour at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital after the introduction of a triage down referral system en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA


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