Tag: anti-D

Deconstructing prophylaxis

It has long been thought that ‘prevention is better than cure’ and many of the things we routinely do in our lives are aimed at preventing disease and danger. If we get into a car, we put our seat belt…

More evidence on targeting anti-D

A study carried out in Finland has provided more evidence of how we can use fetal rhesus group testing in order to offer anti-D prophylaxis only to those rhesus negative women who are carring rhesus positive babies and thus reduce…

Anti-D in pregnancy: how we haven’t moved on…

The first Cochrane review of the research relating to the administration of anti-D during pregnancy was undertaken in 1996. Nearly twenty years later, September 2015 saw the publication of the latest update. During that time, however, the only changes have…

Questioning screening: food for thought

Are you aware that the vast majority of the things that midwives do during antnatal and postnatal checks and when looking after women in labour are actually screening tests?  No matter whether we are checking a woman’s blood pressure, urine…

Is 28-week rhesus antibody testing justifiable?

Researchers in the US have published a paper in Obstetrics and Gynecology questioning the value of carrying out indirect antiglobulin screening on rhesus negative women at 28 weeks of gestation (Abbey and Dunsmoor-Su 2014). In most Western countries, all women…

Does antenatal anti-D help the current baby?

Happy 2014!  My first post this year is also the first in a new occasional series which will be tagged Questions&Answers … these are my responses to questions that I get asked frequently.  As ever, they are not intended to…