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|Title: ||A Review of Vacuum Deliveries at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi|
|Authors: ||Opoku, Baafuor K.|
|Keywords: ||Vacuum extraction|
|Issue Date: ||2006|
|Publisher: ||Ghana Medical Journal|
|Citation: ||Ghana Medical Journal, Volume 40, Number 1, 2002|
|Abstract: ||Objective: To review vacuum deliveries conducted
at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital
(KATH) Kumasi, over a one year period.
Methods: The labour records of parturients who
reported at KATH between 1P
P January and 31P
December 2000 were retrieved. The records of
those who had vacuum deliveries were reviewed
for baseline practices and outcomes.
Results: Three hundred and forty-one (341) patients
out of 11,122 were delivered by vacuum
extraction giving an incidence of 3.1%. There was
a failure rate of 6.4%.
The main indication for the procedure was Prolonged
P stage of labour which occurred in
37.2% of parturients. The mean birth weight was
3.1kg (S.D 0.58kg).
Mild asphyxia as shown by Apgar score of 4-6 at
one minute was found in 16.4% of babies. Maternal
morbidity was low and limited to perineal injuries.
Conclusion: The use of vacuum extraction as a
means of assisted delivery was found to be safe
with reference to both maternal and fetal outcomes.|
|Description: ||Article published in GHANA MEDICAL JOURNAL, Volume 40, Number 1, 2006|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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