5 new do-not-dos in obstetric medicine

A new list of do-not-do tests to guide doctors in caring for pregnant women has been released by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

As part of the College's Evolve program, the Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (SOMANZ) has highlighted five unnecessary and unreliable clinical tests, with the highly unreliable D-dimer test coming in first place.

“D-dimer concentrations rise during pregnancy, so the test is incredibly unreliable if a doctor is trying to rule out venous thromboembolism,” says Dr Helen Robinson from SOMANZ, who advises that