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RCPCH Issues Guidance on Pre-procedure Pregnancy Testing in Under 16s

posted 2 Dec 2012, 09:50 by Damian Wood   [ updated 2 Dec 2012, 09:53 ]

Whilst NICE and the Health Protection Agency state clearly that pregnancy checking is required before surgical or radiological procedures, the ethical and practical considerations of determining pregnancy status in young female patients under 16 years of age present the clinician with some very real challenges. The RCPCH has published a practice guide that sets out the issues, risks and approaches that NHS organisations may consider when developing their policies in this area. Developed on behalf of five professional bodies by a multidisciplinary working group, it aims to support local child health teams in brokering conversations and agreement.  The main guidance document is accompanied by four supplementary documents setting out the research evidence, statistics and risks, and a set of templates for local production of materials.