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      To the Editors:
      I thank Drs Zhan, Jackson, and Turrentine and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for their prompt and thorough response
      • Jackson M.
      • Turrentine M.A.
      • Zahn C.M.
      Letter to the editor.
      to my Viewpoint in AJOG entitled “Management of premature rupture of membranes at term: the need to correct a recurring mistake in articles, chapters, and recommendations of professional organizations.”
      • Krispin E.
      Management of premature rupture of membranes at term: the need to correct a recurring mistake in articles, chapters, and recommendations of professional organizations.
      With the letter of Drs Zhan, Jackson, and Turrentine, ACOG has shown a serious commitment to women’s health by recognizing an error in their Practice Bulletin, and has taken steps to amend the Practice Bulletin about the management of women with premature rupture of membranes (PROM) at term. This will inform the ACOG membership, allow the correct data to be shared with patients, and improve counseling of those patients presenting with PROM at term, which affects approximately 10% of pregnant women. I hope that ACOG and other professional organizations can work with biomedical journals to rectify and prevent errors in the future.
      Dr Brian Mercer’s account of how this error occurred is clear and transparent.
      • Mercer B.
      Brief latency after premature rupture of the membranes at term: correction of a propagated error.
      I agree with Dr. Mercer that the errata to Table 1, published in a separate issue of the original journal (New England Journal of Medicine) several months later, may have made it difficult to identify the mistake. I also agree that biomedical journals and professional organizations should strive to correct errors and to publish corrected versions in the era of electronic publishing. Publishers could link the errata with the original article so that physicians and other health care professionals, as well as patients, would have access to the correct information.
      Journals have a responsibility to promote an open dialogue for medicine and science to be self-correcting. I am grateful to the Editors-in-Chief of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology for allowing me the opportunity to publish the Viewpoint that made possible the correction of an error that could have misinformed patients and obstetric providers.

      References

        • Jackson M.
        • Turrentine M.A.
        • Zahn C.M.
        Letter to the editor.
        Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017; 218: 145
        • Krispin E.
        Management of premature rupture of membranes at term: the need to correct a recurring mistake in articles, chapters, and recommendations of professional organizations.
        Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017; 217: 661-662.e1
        • Mercer B.
        Brief latency after premature rupture of the membranes at term: correction of a propagated error.
        Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017; 217: 663-664

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      • Letter to the editor
        American Journal of Obstetrics & GynecologyVol. 218Issue 1
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          In response to the article entitled “Management of premature rupture of membranes at term: the need to correct a recurring mistake in articles, chapters, and recommendations of professional organizations,”1 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) shares the belief that published reviews, recommendations, and guidelines should be evidence based and published errata should be incorporated promptly.
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