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EEPD Volume 3. Datasets

P. Datasets for Audits

 Subsection Editor: Needed

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Discussion Links: None specific so far. Use www.eepd.org.uk


This Encyclopaedia is based on the premise that 

“Electronic Patient Records (EPRs), in each separate ACUTE HOSPITAL SPECIALITY AND SUB-SPECIALITY, will only attain their true potential when, following intense, open, web-based discussions, their detailed chronologically-arranged, flow-patterned questions and the full range of all allowable answer-options are, by stages, internationally standardised.”


The more that the international standardisation suggested above takes careful account of audit ideas and needs, such as the “Robson Caesarean Audit” or the “Standard Primp Audit”, the easier it will be to do regular electronic audits without increasing the workload.


Auditing how often “Planned Caesareans” have to be done as an emergency can only be done on a regular basis, without any extra work load, if one of the routine options for the urgency of a Caesarean includes not just the 4 standard RCOG categories but also the answer option “Planned Caesarean, done as an Emergency”


Many other similar examples where long-term audit can be done without any extra workload; just by getting the right questions and the right answer options; hence this section.


So many aspects of Maternity Care can potentially be electronically Audited, (and Benchmarked, i.e. compared with other similar maternity units) on a regular basis that EEPD Volume 18 includes draft suggestions for monthly topics.


Standard or Local Audits

Because of the total failure of the many NHS-IT and other initiatives to facilitate national standards regarding data items for national audit, many maternity and obstetric anaesthesia units have set up independent audits using unique local paper proformas and on locally unique Access databases.

Sadly each initiative requires extra work by the staff and is of no “Individual Care Value”  For Difference between “Individual Care Value” and “Collective Analysis Value” click here. www.fawdry.info/eepd/01_ess/b_eprs/Value.pdf


General Maternity

Maternity Care Dashboard Audit (2008)


Clinical Negligence Audit (2000)

Changing Childbirth Audit (2000)


Asquam Project Audit Proposals (2000)


Health Outcome Indicators. Normal Pregnancy and Childbirth (1998)


Safer Childhood Audit Proposals (1999)

Effective Procedures Suitable for Audit. RCOG (1998)

    Standard Primip Audit Proposals (1996)

Using the concept of a “Standard” Low risk, Primiparous Birth to compare the performance of different hospitals



Major Obstetric Haemorrhage (2007) - Scottish Confidential Audit of Severe Maternal Morbidity - 

  • Scan of Original (Awaiting Scanning)
  • ”Cut and Paste” MS Word version (In Preparation)

General Caesarean Audits

National Sentinel Caesarean Section Audit (2000)

All Caesarean Sections done in the UK from 1 May 2000 until 31 July 2000 Survey being done under the auspices of the RCOG, the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the National Childbirth Trust


Robson Caesarean Audit Proposals (1996)

A useful way to classify Caesarean Sections to facilitate comparisons between different hospitals


Local Caesarean Audits

Brighton (Royal Sussex) Access Database (2010)

As currently entered on an Access database


For further information 


     Coventry Hospital (UHCW) Caesarean Audit Proforma (2010)

As currently entered on an Access database


     Stirling Hospital Caesarean Audit Proforma (2010)

As currently entered on an Access database



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