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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 st P January and 31P st P 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 2P nd 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
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/5015
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