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Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists - Flo stars in new guidance for safe home monitoring

posted 16 Apr 2020, 02:50 by Hollie Stirman

17 April 2020 

Supporting ladies to monitor their BP safely at home for pregnancy induced hypertension is one of Flo’s most mature & evidenced uses, with numerous sites adapting existing community protocols to suit their local needs. 

This innovation continues, most recently in Nottinghamshire, where the Local Maternity Systems are engaging in a rapid role-out of BP monitoring for postnatal and antenatal ladies.  The driver to implement the pathway originates from a desire to help reduce the number of clinic appointments ladies would need to attend during the current COVID-19 outbreak, which has the added benefits of convenience for patients, but also released capacity for clinicians.

Reducing contacts is particularly important during the outbreak of COVID-19, as further outlined in a recent publication by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. RCOG has published new guidance for clinicians caring for women with pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH), urging maternity services to implement safe home-monitoring for women to reduce the need for face-to-face appointments, thus reducing the risk of further spreading the virus.

In support of this new guidance, NHS England has also offered to supply blood pressure monitors free of charge to Trusts who wish to take forward plans for self-management of blood pressure in pregnancy (see guidance for details on how to apply).

The RCOG publication includes extensive guidelines for inclusion criteria (table 1) and implementation of home monitoring and includes details of support for safe home monitoring, of which we are extremely proud to share that Flo is one. 

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Dr Kim Hinshaw at City Hospitals Sunderland was involved in a peer review of the guidance prior to publication.  Kim and his team in Sunderland have worked with Flo for anumber of years to support women with PIH, and their learning and experience has contributed greatly to the Community of Practice since the implementation of their pathway.  You can find out more by taking a look at this short video.

As part of the guidance, safe BP ranges & corresponding advice is given (depending on if women are prescribed BP medication or not).  Simple Shared Healthcare has made available a protocol that adheres to these ranges and the advice given, with the aim of maintaining high levels of patient safety during this difficult time.  

If you would like to find out more about the pathway, & how Flo can support pregnant women during COVID-19, please contact Hannah.Mountford@simple.uk.net