To systematically review the literature on the proportion of emergent cesarean deliveries accomplished within 30 minutes, the mean time from decision-to-incision or delivery, and differences in neonatal outcomes in deliveries accomplished within 30 minutes compared to beyond 30 minutes.
Electronic databases (Ovid MEDLINE and EMBASE and www.clinicaltrials.gov) were searched from inception to January 2013.
Eligible studies reported decision-to-incision time or delivery time intervals for nonelective cesarean deliveries. Both emergent and urgent deliveries (also known as category 1 and category 2 deliveries) were included. Two reviewers independently identified studies for inclusion.
Out of 737 reports identified in the primary search, 34 studies (22,936 women) met eligibility criteria. Seventy-nine percent (95% confidence interval [CI] 61-97%) of category 1 deliveries and 36% (95% CI 24-48%) of category 2 deliveries were achieved within 30 minutes, with significantly shorter time in category 1 compared to category 2 deliveries (21.2 compared with 42.6 minutes; P