Oregon AWHONN

Promoting the Health of Women and Newborns

Hear Ye, Hear Ye: Time, Blood, Pain and Money Saved by Simple Procedure!

When was the last time a new practice change actually made things easier for all involved? Get ready---here it is…


Before tossing out that length of umbilical cord and placenta, first put it to good use. There is evidence to support sparing the neonate pain and blood loss by using the blood that would have been thrown away with the umbilical cord and/or placenta for the initial sepsis evaluation. Often, a limited evaluation is recommended for suspicion of sepsis or chorioamnionitis at birth. This work up consists of a blood culture and a complete blood count (CBC).


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