Maternal Reactions to WinRho® SDF in Nova Scotia - WinRho (Rh Immune globulin) is a blood product that is prepared from pools of human plasma containing antibodies to the D (Rh) antigen. Its primary role in pregnancy is to prevent Rh allo-immunization in Rh negative mothers who may carry/deliver an Rh positive child.
Although minor reactions can occur with administration of blood products (particularly intravenous), in the past few years there have also been a small number of more significant adverse reactions to WinRho® SDF in Nova Scotia. The affected women needed prompt treatment, as with any reaction to a blood product.
WinRho® SDF has been used in Canada since 1984. Reactions are rare but can occur, as noted on the Rh Program ‘CONSENT for Rho(D) IMMUNE GLOBULIN (WinRho®SDF)” form. Thus it is important that women stay for 15-30 minutes after receiving WinRho.
If a mother in your care has a significant reaction to WinRho® SDF, please contact the Rh Program office as soon as it is convenient. Rh Program staff will assist with developing a plan of care for the remainder of the pregnancy and postpartum.
Contact information: Tel: 902-470-6458 or Fax: 902-470-7468
SOGC Statement on Respectful Care - The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada has released a position statement regarding respectful care. SOGC advocates on behalf of women to receive quality of care throughout their sexual and reproductive life, including the right to have a safe and respectful birth experience. An important mandate of the SOGC is to advance health care through education, advocacy, leadership and collaboration. Care provider practice is supported with up-to-date clinical practice guidelines and thru the provision of ongoing professional development, including obstetric care based on the philosophy that respects sexual and reproductive health as a human right. For more information go to the SOGC website.
Recent Publications of Interest – Several publications have been recently released and are now available for your review. Several titles with links have been provided below for your information and reading enjoyment:
- Cochrane Connect - New Cochrane Review finds omega-3 fatty acids reduce the risk of premature birth
- JOGC - Should an Early Anatomy Ultrasound Scan Be Offered Routinely to Obese Pregnant Women?
- JOGC - Video Media in Clinic Waiting Areas Increases Interest in Most Effective Contraceptive Methods
- JOGC - Impact of a Multidimensional Technical Skills Training Session Before Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clerkship Rotation on Performance and Exposure
- JOGC - Positive Women with Preterm Premature Rupture of the Membranes: Still a Therapeutic Dilemma
- JOGC – SOGC Clinical Practice Guidelines:
Re-affirmed - No. 115-Hemorrhagic Shock
- Canadian Pediatric Society - Facilitating discharge from hospital of the healthy term infant
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