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Table 2 Adherence to each 29 items in WHO safe childbirth checklist

From: Implementation of the WHO safe childbirth checklist program at a tertiary care setting in Sri Lanka: a developing country experience

Checklist item in WHO SCC Frequency of checking of each item (%) n = 824
On admission
1. Does mother need referral? 687(83.4)
2. Partograph started? 691(83.9)
3. Does mother need to start antibiotics? 688(83.5)
4. Does mother need to start magnesium sulfate? 688(83.5)
5. Does mother need to start Nevirapine? 682(82.8)
6. Encourage birth companion to be present at birth 609(73.9)
7. Confirm supplies available to clean hands and wear gloves for each vaginal exam 644(78.2)
8. Confirm that Mother or Companion will call for help during labor if needed 519(63)
Just before pushing (or before Cesarean)
9. Does mother need to start antibiotics? 637(77.3)
10. Does mother need to start magnesium sulfate? 632(76.7)
11. Confirm essential supplies are at bedside for mother 593(72)
12. Confirm essential supplies are at bedside for baby? 593(72)
13. Assistant identified and ready to help at birth if needed? 442(53.6)
Soon after birth (within 1 hour)
14. Is mother bleeding abnormally? 619(75.1)
15. Does mother need to start antibiotics? 615(74.6)
16. Does mother need to start magnesium sulfate? 607(73.7)
17. Does baby need referral? 615(74.6)
18. Does baby need antibiotics? 611(74.2)
19. Does baby need special care/monitoring? 611(74.2)
20. Does baby need Antiretrovirals? 603(73.2)
21. Started breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact? 566(68.7)
22. Confirm that mother/companion will call for help if danger signs present 449(54.5)
Before discharge
23. Is Mother’s bleeding controlled? 657(79.7)
24. Mother to start antibiotics? 658(79.9)
25. Babyto start antibiotics? 660(80.1)
26. Is Baby feeding well? 653(79.2)
27. If Mother HIV positive, Mother and Baby have ARVs for 6 weeks? 124(15)
28. Discuss and offer family planning options to Mother 465(56.4)
29. Arrange follow-up and confirm Mother/Companion will seek help if danger signs are present after discharge 407(49.4)
  1. WHO SCC-World Health Organization Safe Childbirth Checklist.