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Document title: Abdominal, vaginal and pelvic assessment
First developed: 13 September 2004
Subsequent updates: 19 February 2008
Last reviewed: 20 March 2012
ISBN number: 978-1-74243-165-9
Replaces document: New document
Author: South Australian Perinatal Practice Guideline Workgroup
Audience: Medical, midwifery and allied health staff in South Australia public and private maternity services
Endorsed by: South Australian Perinatal Practice Guidelines Workgroup
Contact: South Australian Perinatal Practice Guidelines workgroup at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This guideline provides advice of a general nature. This statewide guideline has been prepared to promote and facilitate standardisation and consistency of practice, using a multidisciplinary approach. The guideline is based on a review of published evidence and expert opinion.
Information in this statewide guideline is current at the time of publication.
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Health practitioners in the South Australian public health sector are expected to review specific details of each patient and professionally assess the applicability of the relevant guideline to that clinical situation.
If for good clinical reasons, a decision is made to depart from the guideline, the responsible clinician must document in the patient’s medical record, the decision made, by whom, and detailed reasons for the departure from the guideline.
This statewide guideline does not address all the elements of clinical practice and assumes that the individual clinicians are responsible for:
> Discussing care with consumers in an environment that is culturally appropriate and which enables respectful confidential discussion. This includes the use of interpreter services where necessary
> Advising consumers of their choice and ensuring informed consent is obtained
> Providing care within scope of practice, meeting all legislative requirements and maintaining standards of professional conduct and,
> Documenting all care in accordance with mandatory and local requirements