Background Oxytocin is widely used in perinatal
medicine, but it can cause serious side effects. Health
professionals should be familiar with the pharmacokinetics,
dosing regimen, and fetal effects of oxytocin.
This study aims to explore the use of oxytocin by
healthcare professionals during labor.
Methods This study was conducted in one medical
faculty, one training and research hospital, one maternity
hospital, and one private hospital in Adana, Turkey.
The sample group included 107 participants. The data
were gathered using a survey prepared in line with the
literature. The survey was comprised of 30 questions.
These questions concern the social demographic information
of the participants, the knowledge and actual
oxytocin use, and the views of the participants. The data
were analyzed using descriptive statistics.
Results The average age of the participants was 36.76
± 8.70 years, the mean of working experience in the
delivery room was 7.79 ± 7.73 years. 85.6% of the participants
who answered the question of possible effects
of oxytocin as contraction, 57.9% of the possible side
effects as fetal distress. 69.2% of the participants stated
that they applied oxytocin after dilution in a fluid while
47% stated that they applied it after dilution in fluid with
5% Dextrose. While 40% of the participants responded
that they sometimes forgot to administer medication,
39.2% stated that they did not register medication in
their survey responses.
Conclusion It was determined that most of the
participants answered the questions about the effect of
oxytocin correctly, but they could not respond to all the
side effects of oxytocin. It was found that most of the
participants could not answer the storage conditions that
are important for the effectiveness of the drug correctly.
In addition, the importance level given to the principles
of drug administration by the participants was generally
found to be high.