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The UK NSC recommendation on Vasa praevia screening in pregnancy (currently in consultation)

 

This recommendation is currently being reviewed as part of the UK NSC's regular review cycle of all policies.

The review process began in Apr 2016 and is estimated to be completed by Jul 2017.

» Download the expert review for Vasa praevia (PDF document, 2.58MB)

The UK NSC welcomes comments and feedback on the expert review during the consultation period that lasts from 10/03/2017 until 04/06/2017. Please send comments to us by e-mail using this feedback form.

Please note that all consultation submissions will be published on this page when the review is complete. Full details can be found in the confidentiality and disclosure section at the bottom of this page.

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
 

Find general information about population health screening.

More about Vasa praevia

The umbilical cord inserts into the surface membranes of the placenta rather than directly into the placenta (velamentous cord insertion).

Vasa praevia is a rare but important health problem that occurs when the blood vessels from the placenta or umbilical cord block the birth canal and tear during delivery.

The condition is associated with a number of risk factors:

  • The umbilical cord inserts into the surface membranes of the placenta rather than directly into the placenta (velamentous cord insertion)
  • An unusual shaped placenta eg in two pieces with blood vessels running between (bilobed and succenturiate placenta)
  • Low-lying placenta or placenta praevia pregnancies resulting from in-vitro fertilisation
  • Multiple pregnancies

» Also see the UK NSC policy on placenta praevia

Stakeholders

The Harry Cunningham Trust
National Childbirth Trust
Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Society and College of Radiographers
Vasa Praevia Raising Awareness

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

Related documents

icon UK NSC Review on Vasa Praevia and Placenta Praevia (PDF document, 201KB, 19/12/13)

Confidentiality and disclosure

Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be subject to publication or release to other parties or to disclosure in accordance with the access to information regimes (these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998, and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004). If you want information, including personal data that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence.

In view of this it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as binding on the UK National Screening Committee.

Any request for information to be treated in confidence will be taken into consideration in the publication of responses to the consultation. The UK National Screening Committee intends to publish all responses following the closure of the consultation period, however we will not publish responses from respondents who request that any of the information in their response, including personal data, should be handled in confidence. The UK National Screening Committee reserves the right not to publish or take into account any representations which are openly offensive or defamatory.

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