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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 53-57

Labour room software development and its importance to the obstetrician and gynaecologist

Department of Management Information Systems, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto - Nigeria, Nigeria

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O M Alimi
Department of Management Information Systems, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto - Nigeria
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Background/Aim: Reproduction, as an important aspect in population growth and healthy citizens, bring healthy spiritual, physical and mental development to a nation along with healthy economy. The obstetrician and gynaecologist are the foundation developer of human race. A lot of researches are being done in this regards which need computer applications for better and easier means of developing new ideas or having optimum output at all times. This study aimed to look at development of a computer software which could help in collating data relating to Labour Room and Anti-natal-care(ANC) and generate different forms of reports which will be useful to the involved professionals when information relating to the care of babies and their mothers are needed. Method: The techniques used for collection of data included document examination and interview of the professionals in getting the necessary information and parameters for the development of the software. An object oriented programming language called Visual Basic was used to develop the software. The study was carried out between February 1 st 2005 to March 31 st , 2007 in the Health Record Department of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria. Result: It was found that the use of computers was 0% while manual was 100%. This meant that computers had never been used in keeping records of patients, but done purely manually in the Health Record department. The department was yet to be computerised. The number of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists that were personally collating data using computers were 25% while others that were using manual systems were 75%. Conclusion: The software which could be installed either at Health Record Department or Labour Room area, would greatly assist the professionals. The researcher could get any information at any point in time, make their research efforts easier, and help the hospital in having these information at all times for planning and development of the hospital.

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