Correction to: An empirical model for educational simulation of cervical dilation in first stage labor (Advances in Simulation, (2018), 3, 1, (9), 10.1186/s41077-018-0068-3)

Silvano R. Gefferie, Anouk W.J. Scholten, Kim A.E. Wijlens, M. Luísa Ferreira Bastos, M. Beatrijs van der Hout-van der Jagt, Hans Zwart, Willem L. van Meurs

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

31 Downloads (Pure)


Continuing work on a recently published empirical model for educational simulation of cervical dilation [1] resulted in identification of errors in the code implementing this model. Numerical values of three parameters and one state variable had to be updated to obtain the original simulation results with corrected code. The errors identified in the original code included incorrect assignment of the value of the parameter that governs the dilation increase due to pressure exerted by the fetus on the cervix, a discrete time step specified in hours with parameters using minutes as a time reference, numerical integration of a static equation, and unnecessary capping of the uterine contraction amplitude. In the MATLAB code listed in the appendix, these errors are corrected. To obtain the originally published simulation results for cervical dilation, three parameter values had to be adjusted, see Table 1. (Table presented.) Original and updated model parameters. See [1] for a detailed description of the individual parameters and references to numerical values original value updated value units P1 0.740 mU/min P2 50.0 1.70 mU/(min cm) P3 0.0693 1/min P4 18,700 mL P5 0.500 1/min P6 7.90 0.00610 mU/mL P7 1.11 dimensionless P8 40.0 mm Hg P9 40.0 mm Hg P10 1.00 × 10 −3 cm/min P11 1.90 × 10 −2 4.00 × 10 −4 cm/mm Hg m(0) 273 59.0 mU d(0) 2.0 cm On closer inspection, it was also found that the value of the parameter AFR50 of 7.9 mU/min in [2] was incorrectly assigned to P6, which is a concentration in mU/mL. In semi-steady state it can be derived from Eqs. (2, 3) of the original paper that the updated value listed in Table 1 corresponds to the concentration in steady state on an infusion of magnitude AFR50 for the given pharmacokinetic parameters P3 and P4. The evolution of drug mass over time is given by the pharmacokinetic equation, Eq. (4) of the original paper. In semi-steady state, drug mass is proportional to infusion rate. This value is assigned to m (0) in Table 1. Simulation results for cervical dilation using corrected code and adjusted numerical values match the results presented in the original paper in good approximation. The conceptual model and all presented model equations stood up to this additional scrutiny.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)34
TijdschriftAdvances in Simulation
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusGepubliceerd - 1 okt. 2021


Duik in de onderzoeksthema's van 'Correction to: An empirical model for educational simulation of cervical dilation in first stage labor (Advances in Simulation, (2018), 3, 1, (9), 10.1186/s41077-018-0068-3)'. Samen vormen ze een unieke vingerafdruk.

Citeer dit