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Dangers of Oxytocin-induced Labour to Fetuses

Br Med J 1974; 3 doi: (Published 07 September 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;3:606
  1. W. A. Liston,
  2. A. J. Campbell


    A retrospective survey of 658 consecutive deliveries in Aberdeen Maternity Hospital in 1970 showed that fetal distress, low Apgar score at five minutes, and special nursery admission were all common in patients receiving oxytocin infusion. Many patients receiving such infusions also had very frequent contractions when compared with others. Though the populations in each group were not standard, the clinical criteria were crude, and the survey was retrospective there are resonable grounds to believe that the present enthusiasm for oxytocin has perhaps led us in clinical practice to underestimate and forget the dangers of oxytocin to the fetus. Careful monitoring of the fetus of the mother receiving oxytocin is essential.