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07 April 2018 : Clinical Research  

Effects of Increased Frequency, High Dose, and Pulsatile Oxytocin Regimens on Abnormal Labor Delivery

Jiuying Liu1A, Yang Yi1EF*, Xu Weiwei2BD

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.906728

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24: CLR2063-2071


BACKGROUND: The current guideline for oxytocin regimens in the abnormal labor of delivery is continuous infusion. The objective of the present study was to compare effects and safety measures of various available regimens of oxytocin in abnormal labor delivery.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this clinical experimental study, a total of 900 pregnant women admitted for delivery were randomized into 5 group with 162 each. Pregnant women received oxytocin as continuous administration of 16 mU/min (Group I), 1 mU/min (group II), 4 mU/min (group III), 5 mU/min quarter-hourly (group IV), and through a syringe pump (group V). Measurement of the expense of delivery, the ratio of the instrumental delivery, and the other secondary outcome measures was performed to find the best regimen of oxytocin. The 2-tailed paired t test and Mann-Whitney U test following Dunnett’s multiple comparison tests were used at 95% confidence level.

RESULTS: Pulsatile delivery had least risk of instrumental delivery as compared to continuous infusion (p<0.0001, q=6.663) and normal-frequency low-dose (p<0.0001, q=5.638) of oxytocin. The time required from infusion to delivery was longer for group II (p=0.001, q=2.925), group IV (p<0.0001, q=4.829), and group V (p<0.0001, q=41.456) than for group I. The expense of delivery was: group I < group II < group IV < group III < group V.

CONCLUSIONS: High-dose and pulsatile preparation of oxytocin had reduced risks of operative delivery vs. continuous administration.

Keywords: Delivery, Obstetric, Labor, Induced, Obstetric Labor Complications, Pulsatile Flow, Vasotocin


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