According to NHS England, pregnant women from ethnic minorities who show symptoms of Covid-19 should have a lower threshold for admission to the hospital.
Advice comes after research1 recently published in Bmj showed that more than half of pregnant women admitted to the hospital with covid-19 belong to ethnic minorities, although they make up only a quarter of the births in England and Wales.
Due to the increased risk, local NHS authorities must ensure that clinicians have a lower threshold for analyzing, recognizing, and addressing the interdisciplinary escalation of ethnic minority women, NHS England said.
Maternity wards should also discuss vitamins, nutritional supplements and nutrition during pregnancy with all women, as well as reach out to ethnic minority pregnant women and encourage them through individual communications, NHS England recommends.
He also recommended that ethnic affiliation be recorded in NHS maternity trust information systems along with other risk factors, such as living in disadvantaged areas, comorbidities, body mass index, and age 35 and over, to identify those most at risk of poor outcomes. . ,
This advice was handed over to the trusts by the chief obstetric officer of England, Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent.
“While Public Health England continues to evaluate and make recommendations on the effects of covid-19 outbreaks on ethnic groups, I want to make sure that the NHS is doing its best to reach, comfort and support these pregnant women and new Moms most at risk.” , – she said.
“It’s clear that the pregnant pandemic caused increased concern, but I want to make sure that every pregnant woman in England knows that the NHS is here for them. If you have any doubts that something is wrong with you or your child, contact the midwife immediately. ”
Jill Walton, Executive Director of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said the college supported these measures.
“Even before this pandemic, women from a black, Asian or ethnic minority (BAME) had worse pregnancy outcomes, and a figure of 19 exacerbated this inequality.
“RKK supports the steps that the chief obstetric officer asked maternity hospitals to take, and we call for the speedy implementation of these actions. During the pandemic, RCM launched a campaign targeting pregnant women from BAME’s origin to make sure they did not miss important antenatal visits or scans, and I know that midwives were very vigilant to keep track of women who missed meetings, but despite these efforts, BAME women to remain at an unacceptable risk. ”
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