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Table 1 Indicators included in the Institutional Capacity Index

From: The relationship between maternal education and mortality among women giving birth in health care institutions: Analysis of the cross sectional WHO Global Survey on Maternal and Perinatal Health

Category    Essential    Additional
Basic Services    Availability of:    Availability of:
     • Reliable water supply    • Telephone
     • Sanitation facilities  
     • Electricity  
     • Generator  
     • Refrigerator  
     • Sterilization equipments  
General Medical Services    • Blood bank    • Medical clinics for referral in the same building
     • Safe blood  
     • Biochemical/Clinical laboratories  
     • High risk pregnancy beds  
     • Adult intensive care unit  
     • Neonatal intensive care unit  
Screening Tests    • Proteinuria    • Pap smear
     • HIV    • Hepatitis B
     • Syphilis    • Glucose tolerance test
     • Urine Culture  
Anaesthesiology Resources    • Anaesthesiologist or nurse/paramedics anaesthetist in hospital or on call    • Anaesthesiologist 24 hours per day in hospital
Emergency Obstetric Services    • Parenteral antibiotics  
     • Parenteral oxytocic drugs  
     • Parenteral anticonvulsants for pre-eclampsia and eclampsia  
     • Blood transfusion  
     • Neonatal resuscitation  
     • Maternal cardio pulmonary resuscitation  
     • Hysterectomy  
Intrapartum Care    • Partograph    • Fetal/obstetric ultrasound
     • Staff skilled in caesarean section  
Human Resources    • At least one obstetrics/gynaecology specialist    • At least one resident MD in training
Academic Resources and Clinical Protocols    • Formal protocols for Intrapartum care    • Continuous medical education programme