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Sexual Misconduct

Committee Opinion Number 373, August 2007

Reaffirmed 2016

ABSTRACT The physicianpatient relationship is damaged when there is either confusion regarding professional roles and behavior or clear lack of integrity that allows sexual exploitation and harm Sexual contact or a romantic relationship between a physician and a current patient is always unethical...

August 2007

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Sterilization of Women Including Those With Mental Disabilities

Committee Opinion Number 371, July 2007

Reaffirmed 2016

ABSTRACT Sterilization like any other surgical procedure must be carried out under the general ethical principles of respect for autonomy beneficence and justice Women requesting sterilization should be encouraged to discuss their decision and associated issues with their husbands or other appropr...

July 2007

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Institutional Responsibility to Provide Legal Representation

Committee Opinion Number 370, July 2007

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Hospitals academic institutions professional corporations and other health care organizations should have policies and procedures by which alleged violations of professional behavior can be reported and investigated These institutions should adopt policies on legal representation and inde...

July 2007

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Seeking and Giving Consultation

Committee Opinion Number 365, May 2007

Reaffirmed 2016

ABSTRACT Consultations usually are sought when practitioners with primary clinical responsibility recognize conditions or situations that are beyond their level of expertise or available resources One way to maximize prompt effective consultation and collegial relationships is to have a formal con...

May 2007

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Patient Testing Ethical Issues in Selection and Counseling

Committee Opinion Number 363, April 2007

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Recommendations to patients about testing should be based on current medical knowledge a concern for the patients best interests and mutual consultation In addition to establishing a diagnosis testing provides opportunities to educate inform and advise The ethical principles of respect fo...

April 2007

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Medical Futility

Committee Opinion Number 362, March 2007

Reaffirmed 2016

ABSTRACT The construct of medical futility has been used to justify a physicians unilateral refusal to provide treatment requested or demanded by a patient or the family of a patient It is important that physicians and their institutions develop a process for dealing with conflict surrounding the ...

March 2007

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Commercial Enterprises in Medical Practice

Committee Opinion Number 359, January 2007

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Increasing numbers of physicians sell and promote both medical and nonmedical products as part of their practices Physicians always have rendered advice and treatment for a fee and this practice is appropriate It is unethical under most circumstances however for physicians to sell or prom...

January 2007

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Innovative Practice: Ethical Guidelines

Committee Opinion Number 352, December 2006

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Innovations in medical practice are critical to the advancement of medicine Good clinicians constantly adapt and modify their clinical approaches in ways they believe will benefit patients Innovative practice frequently is approached very differently from formal research which is governed...

December 2006

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Using Preimplantation Embryos for Research

Committee Opinion Number 347, November 2006

(Reaffirmed 2008)

ABSTRACT Human embryonic stem cell research promises an increased understanding of the molecular process underlying cell differentiation Transplantation of embryonic stem cells or their derivatives may in the future offer therapies for human diseases In this Committee Opinion the American College ...

November 2006

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Amnioinfusion Does Not Prevent Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Committee Opinion Number 346, October 2006

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Amnioinfusion has been advocated as a technique to reduce the incidence of meconium aspiration and to improve neonatal outcome However a large proportion of women with meconiumstained amniotic fluid have infants who have taken in meconium within the trachea or bronchioles before meconium ...

October 2006

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Mode of Term Singleton Breech Delivery

Committee Opinion Number 340, July 2006

(Replaces No. 265, December 2001, Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT In light of recent studies that further clarify the longterm risks of vaginal breech delivery the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that the decision regarding mode of delivery should depend on the experience of the health care provider Cesarean delivery will ...

July 2006

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Analgesia and Cesarean Delivery Rates

Committee Opinion Number 339, June 2006

(Reaffirmed 2016, Replaces No. 269, February 2002)

ABSTRACT Neuraxial analgesia techniques are the most effective and least depressant treatments for labor pain The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists previously recommended that practitioners delay initiating epidural analgesia in nulliparous women until the cervical dilatation rea...

June 2006

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Elective Coincidental Appendectomy

Committee Opinion Number 323, November 2005

(Reaffirmed 2014, Replaces No. 164, December 1995)

ABSTRACT Because of a lack of evidence from randomized trials it remains unclear whether the benefits of routine elective coincidental appendectomy outweigh the cost and risk of morbidity associated with this prophylactic procedure Because the riskbenefit analysis varies according to patient age a...

November 2005

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Screening for Tay - Sachs Disease

Committee Opinion Number 318, October 2005

(Reaffirmed 2014, Replaces No. 162, November 1995)

ABSTRACT TaySachs disease TSD is a severe progressive neurologic disease that causes death in early childhood Carrier screening should be offered before pregnancy to individuals and couples at high risk including those of Ashkenazi Jewish FrenchCanadian or Cajun descent and those with a family his...

October 2005

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The Importance of Preconception Care in the Continuum of Women's Health Care

Committee Opinion Number 313, September 2005

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT The goal of preconception care is to reduce the risk of adverse health effects for the woman fetus or neonate by optimizing the womans health and knowledge before planning and conceiving a pregnancy Because reproductive capacity spans almost four decades for most women optimizing womens h...

September 2005

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Nonmedical use of Obstetric Ultrasonography

Committee Opinion Number 297, August 2004

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ACOG has endorsed the Prudent Use statement from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine AIUM discouraging the use of obstetric ultrasonography for nonmedical purposes eg solely to create keepsake photographs or videos The A...

August 2004

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Pain Relief During Labor

Committee Opinion Number 295, July 2004

(Replaces No. 231, February 2000, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Pain management should be provided whenever medically indicated The American Society of Anesthesiologists ASA and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ACOG believe that women requesting epidural analgesia during labor should not be deprived of this service based on thei...

July 2004

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Avoiding Inappropriate Clinical Decisions Based on False-Positive Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Test Results

Committee Opinion Number 278, November 2002

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Clinically significant falsepositive human chorionic gonadotropin hCG test results are rare However some individuals have circulating factors in their serum eg heterophilic antibodies or nonactive forms of hCG that interact with the hCG antibody and cause unusual or unexpected test result...

November 2002

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Obstetric Management of Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Committee Opinion Number 275, September 2002

(Replaces No. 121, April 1993, Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Effective rehabilitation and modern reproductive technology may increase the number of women considering pregnancy who have spinal cord injuries SCIs It is important that obstetricians caring for these patients are aware of the specific problems related to SCIs Autonomic dysreflexia is th...

September 2002

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Nongynecologic Procedures

Committee Opinion Number 253, March 2001

(Replaces Statement of Policy on Liposuction, January 1988, Reaffirmed 2015)

Cosmetic procedures such as laser hair removal body piercing tattoo removal and liposuction are not considered gynecologic procedures and therefore generally are not taught in approved obstetric and gynecologic residencies Because these are not considered gynecologic procedures it is inappropriate...

March 2001

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