Navigation Links
C-Section Rates Vary Widely at U.S. Hospitals
Date:3/4/2013

MONDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- Some U.S. hospitals have a rate of cesarean deliveries 10 times higher than other hospitals, a new study finds.

Researchers analyzed data from 593 hospitals with at least 100 births in 2009 and found that cesarean rates at the hospitals ranged from 7.1 percent to 69.9 percent of births.

Cesarean delivery is a potentially lifesaving procedure in certain cases, and some differences in hospital rates would be expected based on patient differences, the University of Minnesota researchers said.

In order to address this fact, they also examined cesarean rates among a subgroup of lower-risk patients. This included women whose pregnancies were not preterm or breech and did not involve multiple babies, and those with no history of cesarean delivery.

Cesarean rates among these women with lower-risk pregnancies -- in which a smaller variation might be expected -- varied 15-fold, from 2.4 percent to 36.5 percent, according to the study published March 4 in the journal Health Affairs.

"We were surprised to find greater variation in hospital cesarean rates among lower-risk women. The variations we uncovered were striking in their magnitude, and were not explained by hospital size, geographic location, or teaching status," study lead author Katy Kozhimannil, an assistant professor at the university's School of Public Health, said in a school news release.

"The scale of this variation signals potential quality issues that should be quite alarming to women, clinicians, hospitals and policymakers," she added.

Cesarean delivery is the most common surgery in the United States, performed on 1.67 million women each year. Cesarean rates increased from 20.7 percent in 1996 to 32.8 percent in 2011, according to the Minnesota researchers.

"Cesarean deliveries save lives, and every woman who needs one should have one," Kozhimannil said. "The scope of variation in the use of this procedure, especially among low-risk women, is concerning, as its use also carries known risks compared to vaginal delivery, such as higher rates of infection and re-hospitalization, more painful recovery, breast-feeding challenges, and complications in future pregnancies."

The researchers outlined a number of ways to reduce the wide variations in cesarean rates at U.S. hospitals, including providing pregnant women with full information about cesarean deliveries and offering them the right care for their own pregnancies.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more about cesarean delivery.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Minnesota, news release, March 4, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. C-Section Babies May Be More Likely to Fail First Hearing Test
2. Timing of antibiotics important in reducing infections after C-section
3. Vaginal Deliveries as Safe as C-Sections for Most Preterm Births
4. Multiple C-Sections Linked to Raised Complication Risks: Study
5. Around-the-clock labor coverage associated with decrease in C-section
6. C-Section, Formula May Disrupt Good Gut Bacteria in Babies
7. C-Section May Raise Childs Risk of Allergies, Asthma: Study
8. Vaccine yielded encouraging long-term survival rates in certain patients with NSCLC
9. Novel compound demonstrates anti-leukemic effect in zebrafish, shows promise for human treatment
10. Tax Day May Drive Up Fatal Crash Rates
11. Mental Illness Tied to Higher Rates of Physical Problems: Report
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... , ... The president released a FY 2017 budget request on Tuesday that ... the cost burden to military beneficiaries. , MOAA’s president, retired Air Force Lt. ... including limited quantifiable benefit fixes mixed with numerous beneficiary fee hikes. , “We were ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Chartis Group, a national advisory services ... the “2015/2016 Best in KLAS: Software and Services” report in two categories: IT ... insights firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by amplifying the ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... to reverse diabetes has been gearing up for their simultaneous grand openings in ... It’s about right now that you’re probably wondering, is reversing diabetes possible? According ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... advocates will discuss how to improve care by making data on heart procedures ... disease. The Summit on Transparency and Public Reporting of Pediatric and Congenital Heart ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Thermi™, a world leader ... to announce the promotions of Allison Kelly to executive vice president of the ... vice president of North American capital sales, and Wendy Oseas to vice president ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016 Potrero Medical, Inc., ... pleased to announce the appointment of George M. Rapier, ... San Antonio, TX , WellMed is one of ... 200,000 patients and HMO members in Texas ... in 1990 out of his own internal medicine practice, he ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016  NOIT™ Research LLC, a ... "Gift of Change" campaign to assist needy families in ... such unit sold between February 10, 2016 and March ... a needy family. The NOIT is an auditory stimulus ... individuals develop language skills. Beth Shier ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016  MiMedx Group, Inc. ... utilizing human amniotic membrane and other birth tissues, human ... to develop and market advanced products and therapies, announced ... Markets, 2016 Global Healthcare Conference in New ... and CEO, Michael J. Senken , Chief Financial ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: