Instruments for assisted vaginal delivery

  • Protocol
  • Intervention

Authors

  • Fidelma O'Mahony,

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    1. University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Academic Unit of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
    • Fidelma O'Mahony, Academic Unit of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Newcastle Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 6QG, UK. fidelma.o'mahony@uhns.nhs.uk.

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  • G Justus Hofmeyr,

    1. University of the Witwatersrand, University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape Department of Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, East London Hospital Complex, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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  • Vijay Menon

    1. North Staffordshire Trust, Old Teaching Department, Maternity Unit, City General Site, Stoke-on-Trent, UK
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Abstract

This is the protocol for a review and there is no abstract. The objectives are as follows:

The objective of this review is to answer the overall question: 'When assisted vaginal birth is needed, which instrument would be best?'. Individual vacuum devices or forceps used for assisted vaginal delivery will be reviewed in terms of maternal outcome, neonatal outcome and training requirements. The main questions concerning choice of instrument will therefore fall into three categories, namely:

  • should forceps or ventouse be used;

  • if it were forceps, which type would be best;

  • if it were ventouse, which type would be best?