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Evidence to Improve Care

Early Pregnancy Complications and Loss

Care for Adults in All Settings


This quality standard addresses care for people experiencing complications, such as pain and vaginal bleeding, and/or the loss of their pregnancy in the first 13 weeks. It applies to all health care settings and includes diagnosis, follow-up, and management of physical and emotional aspects of care for early pregnancy complications or loss.

This standard includes pregnancy of unknown location (where a person has a positive pregnancy test but no pregnancy is visible in an ultrasound), tubal ectopic pregnancy (a potentially dangerous condition in which the embryo implants in a fallopian tube), and intrauterine pregnancy loss (missed, complete, or incomplete miscarriage).

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