Tip 123a: prolonged rupture of membranes (PROM)

The risk of serious neonatal infection is 1% with pre-labour rupture of membranes, rather than 0.5% for women with intact membranes.

The definition of prolonged rupture of membranes is 24 hours for a term baby and 18 hours for a preterm baby.

Reference: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2014). Intrapartum care: care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth. Clinical Guideline (CG) 190. London: NICE.

Previously published: 11/06/14, 28/05/15

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