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American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Publishes PeriGen Research on Shoulder Dystocia
Date:8/22/2012

PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PeriGen, Inc., an innovative provider of fetal surveillance systems, today announced that the results of its program to identify women at increased risk of Shoulder Dystocia (SD) with Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI) have been published in the August issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG). The published results show that, with the introduction of this program, overall SD rates fell by more than half with no increase in the primary cesarean rate.  

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"The results of the study show a clear path to reduction of this potentially catastrophic outcome and we are pleased that they have appeared in the leading, and most well-respected journal in the field of obstetric medicine," said Matt Sappern, Chief Executive Officer, PeriGen.

In the study, the researchers examined rates of cesarean delivery and shoulder dystocia in 8,767 deliveries performed by providers using the PeriGen program, and 11,958 deliveries performed by providers who did not use the program. In the group using the PeriGen program, shoulder dystocia rates fell by 56.8%, while the primary cesarean delivery rate remained stable. Among providers not using the program, both shoulder dystocia and cesarean delivery rates were unchanged.

Shoulder Dystocia (SD) with brachial plexus injury is a rare but serious complication of childbirth which can result in death or severe injury to the newborn. Brachial plexus injury is a potentially disabling shoulder trauma which, in some cases, can be permanent. The PeriCALM® Shoulder Screen™ is a web-based application used in the prenatal period to identify pregnant women at increased risk for experiencing this complication of labor. The tool provides physicians and their patients with objective information that they revie
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