We are delighted to advise our professional colleagues that the long awaited national database is now finalised. The database will enable hospitals and The EPT, to build a clearer picture of the number of patients seen with ectopic pregnancy and PUL and help us argue for more resources in this area. This has been a collaboration between The EPT, the database company Astraia and one of our trustees, Professor Tom Bourne, from the early pregnancy unit at Imperial College London.
The database will allow the hospitals using it to keep an accurate record of all ectopic pregnancies and PUL seen in their clinics.
The EPT is committed to working with hospitals to help improve clinical practice on a national basis. We believe that both information and feedback are at the core of driving up standards. Currently nobody knows how many ectopic pregnancies occur in the UK each year, how they are treated and what the outcomes are, how many pregnancies are classified as PUL, and the number of ectopic pregnancies generally found in the PUL group.
When we have a clearer idea of the real picture, we will be able to lobby for greater support for units caring for women with early pregnancy complications.
Our conferences have highlighted the need to collect data on ectopics/PULs on a national basis. This database will not only give the EPT a clearer picture of the condition, but will also enable hospitals to create an internal audit tool which provides a good record of their own case episodes and which will for the first time include all who are managed for the condition and not just those admitted for emergency assessment and treatment.
“We are really excited to announce that construction of the national database is now completed,” said Helen Wilkinson, Director of The EPT. “This innovative project has been a collaboration between the Trust, Astraia and our trustee, Tom Bourne, from Imperial College London. The database will enable us to have a clearer picture of the incidence of ectopic pregnancy and PUL, and will therefore help us to argue for more resources to support women experiencing these conditions.”
The database is designed to help hospitals by providing a tool to keep an accurate record of all ectopic pregnancies and PUL seen in their facilities. It will provide a weekly report outlining useful audit outcomes. These include: negative laparoscopies; PUL with serum hCG above 1000; outcomes of medical and expectant and surgical treatment of ectopic pregnancy.
The online data entry is simple and takes very little time. We hope that hospitals will appreciate the potential gains of nePul and are urging every hospital in the UK to be part of this exciting development.