The decision to delivery interval in emergency and non-urgent cesarean sections

Samuel Lurie, Vicky Sulema, Bina Kohen-Sacher, Oscar Sadan, Marek Glezerman

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Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the decision to delivery interval (DDI) in our obstetric unit in comparison to current recommendations. Study design: A retrospective analysis of all non-elective cesarean sections during a 10 months period in a delivery ward of a university tertiary health care facility was performed. The DDI was compared between emergency and non-urgent cesarean sections. Results: The DDI was 25.8±10.8 and 46.2±19.9min in the emergency and non-urgent cesareans, respectively (P<0.01). In the emergency group, 71% delivered within 30min compared to 35% in the non-urgent group (P<0.05) and in the emergent-crash group 100% delivered within 30min compared to 59% in the emergent-non-crash group (P<0.05). No correlation was found between the DDI and umbilical artery pH or Apgar score at 1 or 5min in infants of each cesarean group. Conclusion: The proposed 30min DDI standard was achieved in 100, 71, 47 and 35% of emergent-crash, emergent, emergent-non-crash and non-urgent cesareans sections, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-185
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2004


  • Cesarean sections
  • Decision to delivery interval
  • Labor


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