Benefits, Harms, and Costs
SUMMARY STATEMENT (GRADE ratings in parentheses)
- 1Point of care ultrasound can provide timely and valuable information for management of several complications or issues that arise during pregnancy, labour and delivery, and the postpartum period (low).
RECOMMENDATIONS (GRADE ratings in parentheses)
- 1All units providing urgent care to pregnant women (including labour and delivery services) should strive to provide 24-hour access to point of care ultrasound (conditional, low).
- 2Training, accreditation, and quality assurance for point of care ultrasound should be guided by standards established by regional or local health authorities or local regulatory or credentialing bodies (conditional, low).
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This document reflects emerging clinical and scientific advances as of the publication date and is subject to change. The information is not meant to dictate an exclusive course of treatment or procedure. Institutions are free to amend the recommendations. The SOGC suggests, however, that they adequately document any such amendments.
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Language and inclusivity: The SOGC recognizes the importance to be fully inclusive and when context is appropriate, gender-neutral language will be used. In other circumstances, we continue to use gendered language because of our mission to advance women's health. The SOGC recognizes and respects the rights of all people for whom the information in this document may apply, including but not limited to transgender, non-binary, and intersex people. The SOGC encourages healthcare providers to engage in respectful conversation with their patients about their gender identity and preferred gender pronouns and to apply these guidelines in a way that is sensitive to each person's needs.