|July 2002 · Vol. 14, No. 7
Vacuum followed by forceps questioned
I greatly appreciated “Vacuum extraction: optimizing outcomes, reducing legal risk” [April] by Karen Koscica, DO, and Martin Gimovsky, MD. While they described a “contraindication” to vacuum delivery as “prior failed forceps,” they later stated, “If vacuum delivery is abandoned, do not switch to forceps unless the physician has extensive experience utilizing both instruments.”
As far as I know, the current published literature on sequential operative vaginal delivery does not differentiate between forceps followed by vacuum or vacuum followed by forceps. If such literature exists supporting the contention that vacuum followed by forceps carries equal risk to vacuum alone, I would be most interested in the citation. Again, thank you for an excellent article on vacuum delivery.