Proper maintenance of modified national partogram: A retrospective audit in a tertiary care center
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University Obstetrics Unit, North Colombo Teaching Hospital, Ragama, Sri Lanka
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Ragama, Sri Lanka
Submission date: 2017-06-14
Acceptance date: 2017-11-07
Online publication date: 2018-06-04
Publication date: 2019-10-31
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M Patabendige   

Malitha Patabendige, University Obstetrics Unit, North Colombo Teaching Hospital, Ragama, Sri Lanka.
Pol. Ann. Med. 2019;26(1):20-23
The partogram is usually a pre-printed paper form, on which labour observations are recorded. 

To assess the standards of maintaining the National Partogram in University Obstetrics Unit, Colombo North Teaching Hospital, Ragama, Sri Lanka.

Material and methods:
Retrospective analysis of conveniently selected partograms was conducted between November and December 2016. Gold standard is 100% accurate maintenance of the components of the partogram and 100% accurate interventions whenever it is necessary.

Results and discussion:
Total of 121 partograms were studied. Mean (SD) age was 28.3 years (5.6). Mean parity was 1.6 (0.8). Mean gestational age was 38.4 (2.6). In total, 103 (85.1%) women had a vaginal delivery. Those who had special problems, only 6 out of 43 had written special instructions. Out of all, 24 (31.2%) had substandard documentation of contractions. Out of all partograms with documented duration of contractions, 17 (21.8%) had substandard documentation. Fetal heart rate properly documented in 94 (77.7%). Action and alert lines have been drawn in 24 (63.2%) high risk pregnancies and have been drawn only in 1 case (16.7%) of trial of scar out of 6. However, only 115 (95.0%) had a good 1-minute and 119 (98.4%) had a good 5-minute APGAR score.

Although neonatal outcome is satisfactory, standard documentation of partogram is poor. This needs to be improved by thorough education and frequent auditing. After this audit, a specific seminar was conducted using SLCOG partogram training module.

We would like to thank all the postpartum women participated in the study.
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Authors have no conflicts of interests and no funding sources available.
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