oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The vacuum extractor

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



A short series of extractions performed by a general practitioner is descriptionbed and analysed. Evidence is presented to show that it is a unique instrument and very safe to use, gentle to both mother and baby. The number of days hospitalized shows no significant increase over the ward average. The instrument offers a useful alternative to caesarean section and has virtually eliminated the need for forceps delivery, As no anaesthetist is needed, it is an extremely important instrument in obstetrics in Africa.

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