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1.

Clinical Guidelines and Standardization of Practice to Improve Outcomes

Number 629

(Replaces Committee Opinion 526, May 2012)

ABSTRACT Protocols and checklists have been shown to reduce patient harm through improved standardization and communication Implementation of protocols and guidelines often is delayed because of lack of health care provider awareness or difficult clinical algorithms in medical institutions However...

April 2015

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Robotic Surgery in Gynecology

Number 628

ABSTRACT The field of robotic surgery has developed rapidly and its use for gynecologic conditions has grown exponentially Surgeons should be skilled at abdominal and laparoscopic approaches for a specific procedure before undertaking robotic approaches Surgeon training competency guidelines and q...

March 2015

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Health Care for Unauthorized Immigrants

Number 627

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 425, January 2009)

ABSTRACT Unauthorized undocumented immigrants are less likely than other residents of the United States to have health insurance The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has long supported a basic health care package for all women living within the United States without regard to th...

March 2015

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Management of Women With Dense Breasts Diagnosed by Mammography

Number 625

ABSTRACT Women with dense breasts have a modestly increased risk of breast cancer and experience reduced sensitivity of mammography to detect breast cancer However evidence is lacking to advocate for additional testing until there are clinically validated data that indicate improved screening outc...

March 2015

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Cervical Cancer Screening in Low-Resource Settings

Number 624

ABSTRACT Cytologybased cervical cancer screening programs require a number of elements to be successful Certain lowresource settings like the US Affiliated Pacific Islands lack these elements Implementing alternative cervical cancer screening strategies in lowresource settings can provide consiste...

February 2015

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Emergent Therapy for Acute-Onset, Severe Hypertension During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

Number 623

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 514, December 2011)

ABSTRACT Acuteonset severe systolic hypertension severe diastolic hypertension or both can occur in pregnant women or women in the postpartum period Introducing standardized evidencebased clinical guidelines for the management of patients with preeclampsia and eclampsia has been demonstrated to re...

February 2015

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Professional Use of Digital and Social Media

Number 622

ABSTRACT Digital and social media quickly are becoming universal in modern medical practice Data sharing online reviews and ratings and digital privacy concerns likely will become a part of most every physicians practice regardless of his or her use of social media The widespread use of social med...

February 2015

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Patient Safety and Health Information Technology

Number 621

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 472, November 2010)

ABSTRACT The advantages of health information technology IT include facilitating communication between health care providers improving medication safety tracking and reporting and promoting quality of care through optimized access to and adherence to guidelines Health IT systems permit the collect...

January 2015

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Salpingectomy for Ovarian Cancer Prevention

Number 620

ABSTRACT Ovarian cancer has the highest mortality rate out of all types of gynecologic cancer and is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women Current attempts at screening for ovarian cancer have been unsuccessful and are associated with falsepositive test results that lead to unnecess...

January 2015

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Gynecologic Surgery in the Obese Woman

Number 619

ABSTRACT Obesity is a serious problem worldwide and particularly in the United States and in women is associated with an increased risk of death and morbid conditions including hypertension diabetes mellitus obstructive sleep apnea and hypercholesterolemia as well as malignancies such as endometri...

January 2015

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Ovarian Reserve Testing

Number 618

ABSTRACT The main goal of ovarian reserve testing is to identify those individuals who are at risk of decreased or diminished ovarian reserve commonly known as DOR Although ovarian reserve testing cannot predict the end of ones reproductive years results outside the range expected for a patients a...

January 2015

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End of Life Decision Making

Number 617

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 403, April 2008)

ABSTRACT Obstetriciangynecologists care for women throughout their lifespans and are in an ideal position to have ongoing discussions with healthy patients about their values and wishes regarding future care and to encourage them to complete an advance directive for health care In addition situati...

January 2015

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Newborn Screening and the Role of the Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Number 616

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 481, March 2011)

ABSTRACT Newborn screening is a mandatory statebased public health program that provides all newborns in the United States with presymptomatic testing and necessary followup health care for a variety of medical conditions The goal of this essential public health program is to decrease morbidity an...

January 2015

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Access to Contraception

Number 615

ABSTRACT Nearly all US women who have ever had sexual intercourse have used some form of contraception at some point during their reproductive lives However multiple barriers prevent women from obtaining contraceptives or using them effectively and consistently All women should have unhindered and...

January 2015

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Management of Pregnant Women With Presumptive Exposure to Listeria monocytogenes

Number 614

ABSTRACT Listeriosis is predominantly a foodborne illness with sporadic and outbreakrelated cases tied to consumption of food contaminated with listeria Listeria monocytogenes The incidence of listeriosis associated with pregnancy is approximately 13 times higher than in the general population Mat...

December 2014

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Increasing Access to Abortion

Number 613

(Replaces No. 424, January 2009)

ABSTRACT Safe legal abortion is a necessary component of womens health care The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports the availability of highquality reproductive health services for all women and is committed to improving access to abortion Access to abortion is threatened ...

November 2014

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Abortion Training and Education

Number 612

(Replaces No. 424, January 2009)

ABSTRACT Access to safe abortion hinges upon the availability of trained abortion providers The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists supports education for students in health care fields as well as clinical training for residents and advanced practice clinicians in abortion care in ...

November 2014

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Method for Estimating Due Date

Number 611

(See also Committee Opinion No. 579)

ABSTRACT Accurate dating of pregnancy is important to improve outcomes and is a research and public health imperative As soon as data from the last menstrual period the first accurate ultrasound examination or both are obtained the gestational age and the estimated due date should be determined di...

October 2014

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Chronic Antithrombotic Therapy and Gynecologic Surgery

Number 610

ABSTRACT Surgery can present a management dilemma for gynecologists whose patients receive chronic antithrombotic therapy because the risk of hemorrhagic complications must be balanced against the risk of thromboembolic complications Interruption of antithrombotic therapy to reduce perioperative b...

October 2014

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Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies

Number 609

ABSTRACT Each year more than 24000 women die from colorectal cancer which makes it the third leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer and breast cancer However screening tests are underused for many segments of the population and are ordered in a manner inconsistent with guidelines...

October 2014

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