AN AUDIT OF THE USE OF PARTOGRAM AT TWO PUBLIC HOSPITALS-DISTRICT AND REGIONAL

Oluwatosin Ojo, Jack Moodley

Abstract


The aim of the study is to perform a clinical audit of the use of partogram at two public hospitals {District and Regional}, within the same municipality. It is hypothesised that there is complete filling of the partogram during labour.

 The audit is important because the Saving Babies 2006-2007 [2] reported that intrapartum hypoxia is currently the most common cause of perinatal death in South Africa of which the most identified avoidable factor is poor intrapartum monitoring while Saving Mothers 2002-2004 [1] reported that prolonged labour due to improper use of partogram was a major avoidable factor in women dying as a result of puerperal sepsis and postpartum haemorrhage.

The study site will be Northdale and Edendale hospitals in Pietermaritzburg. It is a quantitative retrospective observational study. A total of 750 partograms will be selected from charts of women who laboured and delivered in these two hospitals using systematic random sampling method. Simple descriptive statistics will be utilized to analyse the results. Before the study is commenced, approval will be sought from Biomedical Research Ethics Committee, Postgraduate Education Committee of university of KwaZulu Natal and Ethics Committees of the two hospitals involved.