The 30-Minute Decision-to-Incision Interval for Emergency Cesarean Delivery: Fact or Fiction?

Fayez K. Nasrallah, Hassan M. Harirah, Rakesh Vadhera, Venu Jain, Letitia T. Franklin, Gary Hankins

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The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of the current guideline of 30-minute decision-to-incision interval (D-I) in emergent cesarean delivery (ECD) on neonatal and maternal outcomes. A retrospective chart review was conducted of pregnant women who underwent ECDs between January 1999 and December 2001. The overall median D-I was 20 minutes (range, 5 to 57 minutes). In 83 women (group I), D-I was ≤30 minutes, and in 28 women (group II), it exceeded 30 minutes. Group I had more neonates with cord pH <7.00, seizures, encephalopathy, and lower Apgar scores at 1 and 5 minutes than group II, but were not statistically significant. There was no significant difference in neonatal admission to the neonatal intensive care unit or length of stay between the two groups. Maternal complications were higher in group I, but not statistically significant. Although it was achieved in most of the ECDs, the guideline of 30-minute D-I does not seem to improve neonatal nor worsen maternal outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-68
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Decision-to-incision
  • Emergency cesarean delivery
  • Neonatal and maternal outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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