PeriCALM® Shoulder Screen™
The Only Patented Screening Tool for Shoulder Dystocia
PeriCALM Shoulder Screen: Why It’s NeededShoulder dystocia is a rare occurrence appearing in 1-2% of births, usually without injury. Although clinicians focus on drills and simulation training to manage it, they simply don’t have enough exposure to predict or prevent it. The fact that over 90% of their patients will have at least 1 of the ACOG Criteria for shoulder dystocia, presents physicians with a real dilemma. Without the PeriCALM Shoulder Screen, physicians cannot “narrow the funnel” of patients who are truly at risk, and fewer than 2% of their patients will meet standard criteria for a prophylactic cesarean.
- A web-based tool, used in the prenatal period, to identify women at risk for shoulder dystocia with brachial plexus injury
- Used in OB-GYN offices as well as hospital clinics and triage settings
- Research study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (online 6/4/12) shows shoulder dystocia rates fell by more than 50% with no increase in the primary cesarean rate in patients whose physicians used the PeriCALM Shoulder Screen tool
4 Steps Closer to Reducing Shoulder Dystocia with Brachial Plexus Injury
- A checklist at 36 weeks identifies which patients are recommended for further testing. Additional patients may be tested, if desired.
- The PeriCALM Shoulder Screen Program is deployed on a secure web site. Physicians log-in to personal sites to enter their patients' data.
- The application produces both graphical and numerical estimates of personalized risk.
- The web site contains specialized consent forms so that a patient can attest to understanding her own risk, the limitations of estimating risk, available delivery options, and her
- 65,000 patients have participated in the PeriCALM Shoulder Screen program.
- More than 12,000 of them were then identified as having key risk factors for shoulder dystocia with injury and received their personalized estimate of risk.