Skip to main content

Table 3 Criteria for categories comprising emergency obstetric care readiness scores, by level of services provided

From: Availability of emergency obstetric care (EmOC) among public and private health facilities in rural northwest Bangladesh

Categories Basic Emergency Obstetric Care (BEmOC) Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care (CEmOC)
Staffing guidelines and training - Guidelines for Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childbirth (IMPAC) - BEmOC Requirements +
- Guidelines for CEmOC +
- Staff trained in IMPAC - Staff trained in CEmOC +
- Surgeon and anesthesiologist on staff 24/7
Equipment/supplies - Emergency transport - BEmOC Requirements +
- Examination light - Anesthesia equipment +
- Suction apparatus - External heat source
- Manual vacuum extractor
- Vacuum aspirator or dilatation & curettage kit
- Newborn bag and mask (Ambubag)
Laboratory capacity N/A Cross-matching capacity
Medicines and commodities - Partograph - BEmOC Requirements +
- Gloves - No Shortage of blood in prior 3 months +
- Injectable uterotonic - Blood obtained only from national or regional blood bank OR Blood obtained from other sources but screened for HIV and other transfusion-transmissible infections
- Injectable antibiotic
- Magnesium sulfate
- IV solution with infusion set
EmOC readiness score Unweighted average of percentages in each category
  1. Criteria for the four readiness categories are based on the 2010 WHO Monitoring Indicators for Health Systems Handbook [5].