We are pleased to introduce the abstract of the article titled “A Pilot Study To Determine The Feasibility Of Collecting Amniotic Fluid Samples From Women During Labour And Measuring Amniotic Fluid Lactate At Point Of Care”, which was written by Beverley Hall, Jenna Iwasenko, Mary Moriatis, William D Rawlinson, Mark B Tracy and Sally K Tracy and published by BMC Research Notes 2013, 6:112
“Background: The level of lactate in amniotic fluid may provide useful clinical information when assessing progress of a woman’s labour and if so, a rapid, reliable method to assess amniotic fluid lactate is required in order to be clinically relevant. However, measuring lactate levels in amniotic fluid, using portable, handheld lactate meters may be less accurate than reference laboratory instruments designed to measure lactate levels in aqueous solutions. Prior to conducting a large study, we assessed recruitment, consent and sampling procedures, and the accuracy of a handheld lactate meter to measure lactate in amniotic fluid. We compared amniotic fluid lactate results obtained using the hand held Lactate Pro (Arkray) to results obtained using reference laboratory methods ABX Pentra 400 (Horiba).
Results: We recruited 35 nulliparous women during their antenatal hospital visits and tested amniotic fluid samples collected from 20 labouring women. The handheld Lactate Pro meter was found accurate from 9–20 mmol/L with a Passing & Bablok regression of y = 0.18 + 0.97x (95% CI 0.76–1.45). Amniotic fluid lactate results remained reliable in the presence of potential contaminants commonly encountered during labour; obstetric lubricant, blood and meconium.
Conclusion: The measurement of amniotic fluid lactate using the Lactate Pro meter was reliable compared to reference laboratory methods for measuring lactate levels in amniotic fluid. The pilot study enabled the refinement of information, recruitment, consenting and sampling procedures prior to commencing a large cohort study.”
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A Pilot Study To Determine The Feasibility Of Collecting Amniotic Fluid Samples From Women
During Labour And Measuring Amniotic Fluid Lactate At Point Of Care