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Fetal Scalp Lactate as an Alternative to Scalp pH, Is it Time for UK Obstetricians to Accept (Scientific Impact Paper No. 47)

Published: 28/01/2015

This is the first version of this paper. 

The paper considers the benefits of measuring scalp lactate over scalp pH where fetal blood sampling is indicated during labour. It notes the greater ease in obtaining results with lactate, highlights its use in Australia and Sweden and argues that, in theory, it should be a better measure than pH. The paper concludes that lactate should be considered ‘at least equivalent to fetal pH’.