Determination of fetal acidemia at birth from a remote umbilical arterial blood gas analysis.

OBJECTIVE Sampling of the umbilical artery for determination of acid-base status is performed within 60 minutes of birth, but is not feasible in all hospitals on a 24-hour basis. A desirable alternative would be to perform the arterial cord blood gas analysis hours after the sample was obtained at delivery with reliable identification of whether the newborn… CONTINUE READING