The Use of Oxytocin by Healthcare Professionals During Labor.

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Alan S. , Akça E., Şenoğlu A., Gozuyesil E. , Surucu Ş.

Yonago acta medica, vol.63, no.3, pp.214-222, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 63 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.33160/yam.2020.08.012
  • Title of Journal : Yonago acta medica
  • Page Numbers: pp.214-222


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.