After a long time of researches, the Development team at King’s College, London have finally come up with an application which would help doctors predict preterm birth dangers.
The app is called QUiPP. This application helps gather states of being of the intending parent. The state of previous pregnancy, and the chances of delivery before the 37 weeks.
Its algorithm also takes into account information about the cervix and fetal fibronectin, a vaginal fluid that doctors start testing in the first half of the typical 9-month term.
QUiPP performs with a predictive to during the two cases of its studies. One was a collection of info from about 1,250 women who were at a very high risk of delivery before the normal time.
“The authors conclude,” said the university in a news release…
that the app can be used by clinicians to improve the estimation of the probability of premature delivery (before 34 weeks’ gestation or within two weeks of the fetal fibronectin test) and to potentially tailor clinical management decisions.
Although the flaws are that such a powerful app is still only available on iOS, Researchers believes that the app still needs further evaluation before it could be well entrusted with such a powerful task of being a detector of preterm birth.
“It can be difficult to accurately assess a woman’s risk, given that many women who show symptoms of preterm labor do not go on to deliver early,”
says professor Andrew Sherman, who’s leading the development of QUiPP.
“The more accurately we can predict her risk, the better we can manage a woman’s pregnancy to ensure the safest possible birth for her and her baby, only intervening when necessary to admit these ‘higher risk’ women to hospital, prescribe steroids or offer other treatments to try to prevent an early birth,”
Source: King’s College London, Engadget
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