Patient Safety Topics
Vacuum-Assisted Vaginal Delivery

​​​​​​​​When women in the second stage of labor fail to progress to a spontaneous delivery, vacuum extractors have been used to successfully aid delivery. Like other operative procedures, vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery (VAVD) has known risk factors and complications. To maximize the success of vacuum extraction procedures and to minimize complications, clinicians are well suited to understand both indications and contraindications for this procedure. Performing a thorough preoperative maternal and fetal assessment, technical proficiency with the vacuum device, setting goals, maintaining situational awareness, and concluding the delivery with a targeted postoperative assessment of both the mother and neonate are all important patient safety concepts associated with vacuum-assisted vaginal delivery procedures.

Educational Tools

Perinatal Bundle—Vacuum Bundle
Using this retrospective chart review tool may help determine if a bundle of interventions for vacuum delivery is consistently implemented and documented.

Vacuum Extraction—Don't Get Sucked In!


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