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.