Clinical update

Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy: diagnosis, care and respect

New guidance on miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy focuses on improved diagnosis and management while stressing the need for supportive and sensitive care

New guidance on miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy focuses on improved diagnosis and management while stressing the need for supportive and sensitive care

Essential information

Approximately 20% of pregnancies miscarry, often causing considerable distress. Early pregnancy loss accounts for more than 50,000 hospital admissions in the UK annually. Ectopic pregnancy, when a fertilised egg implants outside the womb, occurs in about 11 per 1,000 pregnancies. The condition has a maternal mortality of 0.2 per 1,000 estimated ectopic pregnancies. About two thirds of these deaths are associated with substandard care, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

What’s new?

NICE has published guidelines that update and replace guidance from 2012 on the diagnosis and management of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

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