ACOG and SMFM have revised sections of their Practice Advisory on Zika Virus
Critical updates include:
*Ongoing exposure is defined as currently living in or frequent travel (e.g. daily or weekly) to areas with Zika virus transmission
Regardless of location, providers should evaluate all pregnant women in the United States for possible Zika virus exposure during each prenatal care visit. This evaluation should include an assessment of signs and symptoms of Zika virus disease, a travel history, and a woman’s sexual partner’s potential exposure.
Obstetrician-gynecologists and other obstetric providers are encouraged to visit the following resources for detailed guidance and information regarding Zika, including breaking developments:
More than 44 million pelvic examinations are performed annually in the United States.1 In March 2017, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published an updated recommendation statement regarding the need for routine screening pelvic examinations in asymptomatic adult women (18 years and older) receiving primary care: “The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of performing screening pelvic examinations in asymptomatic, nonpregnant adult women.”2
ACOG now recommends hemoglobinopathy analysis for all women, with DNA-based testing following screening through complete blood count and hemoglobin electrophoresis, in their Committee Opinion #691 released in March 2017. DNA confirmation of sickle cell, hemoglobin AS, beta thalassemia carrier status is available through Horizon.
Screening for hemoglobinopathies with Horizon provides clarification of alpha thalassemia carrier status when MCV is low and hemoglobin electrophoresis results are normal.
The Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society has more than 950 members throughout Georgia and has been active since 1951. Run by a volunteer statewide Board of Directors composed of OBGyn physician members, the Society engages in a number of services and activities to serve members including: advocacy for members, advocacy for women’s health and continuing medical education.Learn More