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Antenatal Steroids


What are we tracking and why?

We track the number of patients who deliver prematurely, between 24 and 32 weeks of pregnancy, and have received antenatal (pre-birth) steroids.

Giving steroids to women expecting preterm delivery is one of the best known pre-birth therapies to improve newborn outcomes. Steroids have been shown to decrease respiratory distress and other fetal concerns.

Current guidelines recommend steroids for any expected preterm delivery less than 37 weeks. However, steroids may not be right for all patients, and are prescribed on a case-by-case basis.

How are we doing?

Please note:
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRB) and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital are referral centers for routine pregnancies and deliveries in the National Capital Region Multi-Service Market. WRB is the referral center for high-risk pregnancies and complicated deliveries.

What are we doing to improve?

We consider every preterm patient for antenatal steroids. If a preterm delivery is scheduled, steroid administration is planned in advance.

What can you do?

Talk with your obstetrics provider for more information and guidance.


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