The impact of COVID-19 on attendance for reduced fetal movements during pregnancy

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Title: The impact of COVID-19 on attendance for reduced fetal movements during pregnancy
Authors: Carroll, LorraineByrne, FionnualaCanty, GillianGallagher, L. (Louise)Smith, Valerie
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12783
Date: 10-Mar-2022
Online since: 2022-02-28T17:20:58Z
Abstract: Background: The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared a global pandemic on the 11th of March 2020. The Irish government subsequently imposed the first national lockdown and stringent measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 between March-May 2020. Concerns were raised about whether women were fearful of accessing maternity services during the lockdown. Maternal perception of reduced fetal movements (RFM) in pregnancy is a common reason for self-referral to maternity services. International guidelines recommend that women perceiving RFM attend their maternity unit for fetal assessment. Objectives: We sought to determine the impact of the first global pandemic lock-down on attendances for reduced fetal movements (RFM) during pregnancy in a large urban maternity unit. Methods: All women with a singleton pregnancy, presenting to the emergency department (ED) of the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin with a primary presentation of perceived reduced fetal movements after 24 weeks’ gestation between 1st January 2020 and 30th April 2020 were included. Findings: Between January 1 and February 29, 2020 there were 2135 total attendances to the ED; 264 of these were for RFM (12.4%). From March 1- April 30, we observed a significant decline in the number of attendances to ED, totalling 1458; 231 of these were for RFM (15.8%). During the first lock-down period (March-April 2020) overall attendances to the ED decreased by 31.7%, however referrals for RFM increased by 27.4%. Conclusions: There was a significant decrease in the number of attendances to the ED during the first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic, however referrals for RFM increased.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Keywords: COVID-19CoronavirusFetal movementLock-downsEmergency department presentation
Other versions: https://nursing-midwifery.tcd.ie/events-conferences/THEconference2022/index.php
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference 2022 (THEConf 2022), Virtual Event, 8-10 March 2022
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
Appears in Collections:Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems Research Collection

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