Medical Practice

Outpatient Termination of Pregnancy

Br Med J 1971; 4 doi: (Published 04 December 1971) Cite this as: Br Med J 1971;4:606
  1. Stella C. Lewis,
  2. Shirley Lal,
  3. B. Branch,
  4. R. W. Beard


    Termination of pregnancies ranging from 6 to 10 weeks' gestation is described in 127 women who attended the hospital as outpatients. The technique employed was to aspirate the products of conception through a narrow plastic tube using a high negative pressure. Infiltration of the cervix with local anaesthetic proved so effective that the procedure could be carried out on the fully conscious patient. The short time taken to evacuate the uterus, the small blood loss, and the low incidence of complications in the latter part of the study suggest that the technique is a valuable procedure. Relatively more women can be terminated as outpatients than as inpatients with a corresponding reduction in the demands made on gynaecological beds.

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