Inpatient vs Outpatient Management of Short Cervix

Inpatient vs Outpatient Management of Short Cervix

The presence of short cervix during pregnancy is a risk factor for preterm birth though in many cases women will eventually deliver at term or near term. While there are proven treatments such as cerclage and progesterone that can improve pregnancy outcomes, many women are advised to limit their activity, are put on bed rest, or admitted to hospital for inpatient management. Presently, there is no evidence that hospital admission of women with short cervix is beneficial and prolongs the pregnancy. The investigators propose to examine whether inpatient management results in comparable outcomes to outpatient management for women with short cervix.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Recruiting patients only

Inpatient Management

Admission for a minimum of three days, administration of betamethasone, and clinical reassessment by obstetrician after three days. After the initial three day admission, further management will be at the discretion of their obstetrician who will continue their care and decide if further admissions are needed. Weekly cervical length assessment will be performed until 28 weeks and patient readmission will be decided by their Obstetrician. Post-intervention, women in both arms will receive the sam more on

Outpatient Management

Avoid heavy lifting and core exercise, avoid intercourse, weekly assessment of cervical length by ultrasound and administration of betamethasone. Patients will continue with outpatient management for the remainder of their pregnancy with no admission unless the patient develops contractions, PPROM, bleeding, or the cervix is dilated to ≥1cm. Post-intervention, women in both arms will receive the same standard of care (weekly clinic or inpatient follow-up appointments) and will be followed to d more on

Inpatient vs Outpatient Management of Women With Short Cervix: A Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)