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Table 1 Signal functions for post-abortion care (PAC)

From: Evaluating the quality and coverage of post-abortion care in Zimbabwe: a cross-sectional study with a census of health facilities

Basic PAC Signal FunctionsComprehensive PACs Signal Functions
• Perform removal of retained products of conception a,b• Perform all basic functions (minus communication/referral capacity) plus:
• Administer parenteral antibiotics bo Provide long-acting reversible contraceptives: implants or IUDs
• Administer uterotonics bo Perform blood transfusion b
• Administer intravenous fluids bo Surgical/laparotomy capability e
• Provide contraceptives (condom, pills or injectables) c 
• Communication means or referral capacity d 
  1. a Includes manual/electric vacuum aspiration (MVA/EVA), misoprostol, D&E and dilatation & curettage (D&C) for both ≤12 weeks and> 12 weeks gestation. Although D&C is not a recommended method, the majority of PAC procedures (75%) in Zimbabwe are D&C/D&E [3]. Therefore, we have included D&C as a criteria for removal of retained products to assess capacity
  2. b Facilities were considered to have capability to perform this function if they reported it as a common treatment procedure for their PAC patients in the HFS
  3. c If facilities reported currently having at least one short-acting method out of condoms (male or female), pill or injectables, they were coded as having capability to provide short-acting reversible contraceptive (SARC) methods
  4. d We considered a facility to have referral/communication capacity if they reported commonly having telephone/radio communication for patient services or an ambulance to transport patients to referral facilities
  5. e Facilities that reported an available and functional operating room were coded to have surgical/laparotomy capability