A recent letter to the editor disputes the conclusion of an earlier study that fetal fibronectin is of little value in threatened preterm labor, despite other studies suggesting that when used in conjunction with cervical length measurements, it can diminish unnecessary hospitalizations appreciably.
A total of 7.2% of pregnant women were diagnosed with a urinary tract infection, and of these, 69% filled an antibiotic prescription. The most common antibiotics prescribed in the first trimester were nitrofurantoin, ciprofloxacin, cephalexin, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.
A recent meta-analysis of randomized, clinical trials has shown that discontinuing oxytocin infusion once active labor has been attained in inductions and augmentations of labor will result in a reduction of cesarean delivery and tachysystole, but an increase in the length of labor.
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