IMSTA Award – Congratulations to the Maternity Unit at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda

15th January, 2020

The Implementation of the Growth Assessment Protocol for the earlier Recognition and Detection of Babies that are Growth Restricted.

Small for Gestation Age (SGA) is a recognised cause of stillbirth (SB) and neonatal morbidity and mortality. If recognised and acted upon, SB due to SGA may be avoided. GAP is a systematic approach to the antenatal recognition and detection of SGA babies which has been shown to be associated with a reduction in stillbirth rates and has led to the recommendation that customised growth charts should be used.

In 2017, we introduced the Growth Assessment Protocol (GAP) (Perinatal Institute UK) with a view to improving our antenatal detection rate of SGA and thereby hopefully reduce our stillbirth rate.

The project has seen the units Perinatal Mortality Rate drop to its lowest ever and below the national average.

Congratulations to all involved.

Pictured is Ms. Gráinne Milne, Director of Midwifery and Dr. Uday Khopkar, Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and Louth County Hospital, accepting the Patient Safety Award from Ms. Vicky O’Reilly (Vice-chair IMSTA) at this year’s IMSTA awards ceremony at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.