How fFN Testing Can Help

  • Greater predictive value than symptoms alone

    Preterm birth risk can be assessed by symptoms of labour such as contractions, and vaginal bleeding. However these biophysical markers are not as accurate in predicting preterm birth as fetal fibronectin, a biochemical marker that can often be detected before the biophysical markers.1

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  • Reliable results in asymptomatic patients
  • Improving your service

     

    The use of fetal fibronectin (fFN) testing can help to reduce unnecessary admissions, shorten hospitalisations and help you direct care and resources to the patients who need it most.

    Preterm labour can be associated with substantial anxiety for patients. Hospitals can use fFN testing to help themselves and their patients to truly distinguish between those who are at risk of preterm labour from those who are at very low risk. This allows you to achieve:

    • Timely and appropriate interventions
    • Hospitalisation of only those patients at greatest risk of preterm delivery
    • Effective transport of preterm labour patients to higher, more appropriate level of care
    • Cost-effectiveness for the NHS
    • Avoidance of unnecessary treatments, interventions, in-utero transfers and medications
    • Staff availability for cases with the greatest medical needs
    • Support manageable caseload

     

 

References

  1.  Goldenberg, RL, et al. The preterm prediction study: the value of new vs. standard risk factors in predicting early and all spontaneous preterm birth. NICHD MFMU Network. Am J Public Health 1998 Feb; 88(2): 233-8
 

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