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121.

Hospital Disaster Preparedness for Obstetricians and Facilities Providing Maternity Care

Committee Opinion Number 555, March 2013

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Numerous occurrences in the past decade have brought the issue of disaster preparedness and specifically hospital preparedness to the national forefront Much of the work in this area has focused on large hospital system preparedness for various disaster scenarios Many unique features of t...

March 2013

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122.

Reproductive and Sexual Coercion

Committee Opinion Number 554, February 2013

ABSTRACT Reproductive and sexual coercion involves behavior intended to maintain power and control in a relationship related to reproductive health by someone who is was or wishes to be involved in an intimate or dating relationship with an adult or adolescent This behavior includes explicit attem...

February 2013

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Multifetal Pregnancy Reduction

Committee Opinion Number 553, February 2013

(Reaffirmed 2016. Replaces Committee Opinion Number 369, June 2007)

ABSTRACT Fertility treatments have contributed significantly to the increase in multifetal pregnancies The first approach to the problem of multifetal pregnancies should be prevention and strategies to limit multifetal pregnancies especially highorder multifetal pregnancies should be practiced by ...

February 2013

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124.

Benefits to Women of Medicaid Expansion Through the Affordable Care Act

Committee Opinion Number 552, January 2013

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Many US women are uninsured and face avoidable adverse obstetric and gynecologic health outcomes The Affordable Care Act requires an expansion of Medicaid that would increase the percentage of US women with health insurance with the anticipated benefit of improved health The 2012 Supreme ...

January 2013

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125.

Coping With the Stress of Medical Professional Liability Litigation

Committee Opinion Number 551, January 2013

(Reaffirmed 2016. Replaces Committee Opinion Number 497, August 2011)

ABSTRACT Obstetriciangynecologists should recognize that being a defendant in a medical professional liability lawsuit can be one of lifes most stressful experiences Negative emotions in response to a lawsuit are normal and physicians may need help from family members peers or professionals to cop...

January 2013

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126.

Maternal–Fetal Surgery for Myelomeningocele

Committee Opinion Number 550, January 2013

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Myelomeningocele the most severe form of spina bifida occurs in approximately 1 in 1500 births in the United States Fetuses in whom myelomeningocele is diagnosed typically are delivered at term and are treated in the early neonatal period A recent randomized controlled trial found that fe...

January 2013

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127.

Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 548, January 2013

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT The updated guidelines by the Institute of Medicine regarding gestational weight gain provide clinicians with a basis for practice Health care providers who care for pregnant women should determine a womans body mass index at the initial prenatal visit and counsel her regarding the benefi...

January 2013

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128.

Health Care for Women in the Military and Women Veterans

Committee Opinion Number 547, December 2012

Abstract Military service is associated with unique risks to womens reproductive health As increasing numbers of women are serving in the military and a greater proportion of United States Veterans are women it is essential that obstetriciangynecologists are aware of and well prepared to address t...

December 2012

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129.

Tracking and Reminder Systems

Committee Opinion Number 546, December 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016. Replaces No. 461, August 2010)

ABSTRACT An accurate and effective tracking or reminder system is useful for the modern practice of obstetrics and gynecology Practices should not rely solely on the patient to complete all ordered studies and to follow up on health care provider recommendations Health care providers should encour...

December 2012

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130.

Over-the-Counter Access to Oral Contraceptives

Committee Opinion Number 544, December 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Unintended pregnancy remains a major public health problem in the United States Access and cost issues are common reasons why women either do not use contraception or have gaps in use A potential way to improve contraceptive access and use and possibly decrease unintended pregnancy rates ...

December 2012

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131.

Access to Emergency Contraception

Committee Opinion Number 542, November 2012

ABSTRACT Emergency contraception includes contraceptive methods used to prevent pregnancy in the first few days after unprotected intercourse sexual assault or contraceptive failure Although the US Food and Drug Administration approved the first dedicated product for emergency contraception in 199...

November 2012

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132.

Professional Relationships With Industry

Committee Opinion Number 541, November 2012

(Replaces No. 401, March 2008, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists the College has a long history of leadership in ensuring that its educational mission is evidence based and unbiased A predecessor to this Committee Opinion was published in 1985 making the College one of the first professional assoc...

November 2012

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133.

Risk of Venous Thromboembolism Among Users of Drospirenone-Containing Oral Contraceptive Pills

Committee Opinion Number 540, November 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Although the risk of venous thromboembolism is increased among oral contraceptive users compared with nonusers who are not pregnant and not taking hormones and some data have suggested that use of drospirenonecontaining pills has a higher risk of venous thromboembolism this risk is still ...

November 2012

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134.

Adolescents and Long-Acting Reversible Contraception: Implants and Intrauterine Devices

Committee Opinion Number 539, October 2012

(Replaces Committee Opinion No. 392, December 2007, Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Longacting reversible contraception LARCintrauterine devices and the contraceptive implantare safe and appropriate contraceptive methods for most women and adolescents The LARC methods are toptier contraceptives based on effectiveness with pregnancy rates of less than 1 per year for perfe...

October 2012

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135.

Nonmedical Use of Prescription Drugs

Committee Opinion Number 538, October 2012

Reaffirmed 2014

ABSTRACT The nonmedical use of prescription drugs particularly opioids sedatives and stimulants has been cited as epidemic in the United States accounting for increasing numbers of emergency department visits and deaths from reactions and overdoses The prevalence of prescription drug abuse is simi...

October 2012

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136.

Reprocessed Single-Use Devices

Committee Opinion Number 537, October 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT The reprocessing and reuse of singleuse instruments has become increasingly common Although there are limited data on reprocessed singleuse devices existing studies have found a significant rate of physical defects performance issues or improper decontamination There are currently no data...

October 2012

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137.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and Women of Color

Committee Opinion Number 536, September 2012

(Replaces Committee Opinion No. 414, August 2008)

ABSTRACT In the United States most new cases of human immunodeficiency virus HIV infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome AIDS occur among women of color primarily African American and Hispanic women Most women of color acquire the disease from heterosexual contact often from a partner who...

September 2012

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138.

Reproductive Health Care for Incarcerated Women and Adolescent Females

Committee Opinion Number 535, August 2012

ABSTRACT Increasing numbers of women and adolescent females are incarcerated each year in the United States and they represent an increasing proportion of inmates in the US correctional system Incarcerated women and adolescent females often come from disadvantaged environments and have high rates ...

August 2012

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139.

Well-Woman Visit

Committee Opinion Number 534, August 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

Abstract The annual health assessment annual examination is a fundamental part of medical care and is valuable in promoting prevention practices recognizing risk factors for disease identifying medical problems and establishing the clinicianpatient relationship The annual health assessment should ...

August 2012

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140.

Lead Screening During Pregnancy and Lactation

Committee Opinion Number 533, August 2012

(Reaffirmed 2016)

Abstract Prenatal lead exposure has known adverse effects on maternal health and infant outcomes across a wide range of maternal blood lead levels Adverse effects of lead exposure are being identified at lower levels of exposure than previously recognized in both children and adults In 2010 the Ce...

August 2012

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