Is amnioinfusion beneficial when umbilical cord compression is suspected during labor?
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When umbilical cord compression is suspected due to either variable fetal heart rate decelerations or from confirmed oligohydramnios, amnioinfusion has been shown to reduce fetal heart rate decelerations, operative cesarean deliveries, APGAR scores less than 7 at 5 minutes, incidence of postpartum endometritis, and low cord arterial pH values. (SOR A, based on multiple, consistent systematic reviews of RCTs.)
Evidence Based Practice 13(6): 09-10.