NICE produces quality standard on ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage

On Wednesday 10 September, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a new quality standard on ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage.

As a patient group, we appreciate the aim to better standards and improve care for women going through these devastating experiences. The quality standard centres on three main aspects: timely referral for assessment, use of transvaginal ultrasound in diagnosing an ectopic pregnancy and offering a second assessment where miscarriage is suspected.

We welcome NICE producing additional guidance to assist the rapid diagnosis of what can be a life-threatening condition. Prompt diagnosis has far-reaching implications from not only a physical perspective, but also emotional – it can facilitate women having treatment options and making informed choices, can preserve fertility and save lives and also reduce reduce distress for the woman and her partner.

More information can be found on the NICE website and the EPT has also commented on relevant press articles.