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October 23, 2019: Errors Associated with Oxytocin Use: A Multi-Incident Analysis

Oxytocin and its analogues are commonly administered for induction and augmentation of labour. In addition to this indication, oxytocin is widely used to prevent and treat postpartum bleeding. However, oxytocin can cause hyperstimulation of the uterus, which in turn can result in fetal distress, the need for emergency caesarean section, or uterine rupture. A multi-incident analysis was conducted to identify opportunities to improve patient safety with this high-alert medication. Read more …