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Hospital-Based Triage of Obstetric Patients

Obstet Gynecol; 2016 Jul; ACOG Committee on Obstetric Practice

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ (ACOG) Committee on Obstetric Practice has issued a committee opinion that aims to establish the appropriate structure, location, timing, and timeliness for hospital-based triage evaluations of obstetric patients. The Committee recommends:

• Hospital-based obstetric units are urged to collaborate with emergency departments and hospital ancillary services, as well as emergency response systems outside of the hospital, to establish guidelines for triage of pregnant women.

• Recently developed, validated obstetric triage acuity tools may improve quality and efficiency of care and guide resource use, and they could serve as a template for use in individual hospital obstetric units.

Citation: Hospital-based triage of obstetric patients. Committee Opinion No. 667. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol. 2016;128:e16–9.