• Urinalysis (assess for protein +/- HCG if unsure about pregnancy)
  • Blood tests (obtain simultaneous IV access)
  • Full blood count
  • Renal function
  • Liver function tests
  • Coagulation screen
  • Crossmatch samples (Early discussion with your local transfusion service is advisable if the patient has attended antenatal screening or if urgent blood transfusion will be required)9.
  • Blood cultures (if suspecting maternal sepsis)

Learning bite

  • Arrange urinalysis, blood tests and crossmatch screening for all patients presenting in suspected labour.
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