Augmentation of Labour: Does Oxytocin Titration to Achieve Preset Active Contraction Area Values Produce Better Obstetric Outcome?

S. Arulkumaran, M. Yang, I. Ingemarsson, Piara Singh, S. S. Ratnam

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Abstract

The value of quantifying active contraction area to guide oxytocin titration in augmentation of labour was investigated by a randomised trial. Sixty‐eight nulliparae with slow progress of labour had oxytocin titrated to achieve preset optimal active contraction area or optimal frequency of contractions in a randomised manner. There was no difference in maternal characteristics of age and height, pre‐augmentation period of observed labour or cervical dilatation at the onset of augmentation between the 2 groups. The maximum dose of oxytocin, post‐augmentation period and the number of operative deliveries were similar. There was no difference in the mean birth weight of neonates, or in the number of neonates who had low Apgar score or acidotic cord arterial blood pH. Our results suggest that there may be no advantage in oxytocin titration to achieve preset optimal active contraction area compared with optimal frequency of uterine contractions in nulliparae with slow progress of labour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-337
Number of pages5
JournalAsia‐Oceania Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1989

Keywords

  • augmented labour
  • oxytocin
  • uterine activity

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