Knowing the Risk Enables Informed Action
Knowing if your patient is at increased risk of delivering prematurely gives you and your patient the power to take informed actions to address the risk. With the PreTRM® Test, you have the ability to identify more patients who may be at higher risk for a spontaneous preterm birth, early enough to do something about it.
Proactive Care Management Can Make a Difference
Proactive care management is an effective way to deliver better outcomes for your patients at higher risk for a premature birth. Multiple studies have demonstrated that personalizing care for patients with increased risk can reduce preterm birth rates and improve neonatal outcomes such as reduced admissions to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).1,2,3
Examples of Proactive Care Management:
- Patient education regarding healthy pregnancy behaviors and symptoms of premature labor
- Around-the-clock availability of a perinatal nurse
- Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) consultation
- Patient-centered case management
- Routine cervical length screening
- Smoking cessation when applicable
Corticosteroids reduce adverse neonatal outcomes associated with preterm deliveries
In the event of a preterm delivery, adverse neonatal outcomes are reduced when mothers receive antenatal corticosteroids at the optimal time: between seven days and 24 hours before delivery. Knowing the risk a spontaneous preterm birth helps healthcare providers and their patients to be prepared for the possibility of premature birth to improve the chance of optimal timed administration.5
Together, we can do better
Working together we can address the problem of spontaneous preterm birth. Advances in science now allow for earlier prediction, far greater accuracy, and the individualized insight to improve outcomes.
- Newman RB, et al. South Carolina Partners for Preterm Birth Prevention: a regional perinatal initiative for the reduction of premature birth in a Medicaid population. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2008;199:393.
- Stankaitis MD, MPH et al. Reduction in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Admission Rates in a Medicaid Managed Care Program. Am J Manag Care. 2005;11:166-72.
- Newnham, et al. Reducing preterm birth by a statewide multifaceted program: an implementation study. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017; 434-442.
- Committee on Obstetric Practice. Committee Opinion No. 713: Antenatal Corticosteroid Therapy for Fetal Maturation. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Aug;130(2):e102-e109
- Roberts D, et al. Antenatal corticosteroids for accelerating fetal lung maturation for women at risk of preterm birth. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006 Jul 19;(3):CD004454.