Misuse of Misoprostol by a birth attendant and implications for community distribution of Misoprostol

  • RM Akuse
  • JT Akuse
Keywords: MISOPROSTOL, BIRTH ASPHYXIA, ADVANCE COMMUNITY DISTRIBUTION, NIGERIA, BIRTH ATTENDANT

Abstract

Background: Despite calls for advance community distribution of Misoprostol, World Health Organization is cautious about recommending this. This report highlights complications of Misoprostol use by community birth attendants, discusses implications of advance distribution and possible solutions.
Case Report: Labour induced in a woman attending a facility run by a nurse using high dose (300mcg) misoprostol and another drug resulted in her infant developing severe birth asphyxia immediately after delivery.
Conclusion: Misuse of Misoprostol leads to complications. Research into community usage, confidential enquiries, development of guidelines and training of birth attendants is needed. Production of low dose Misoprostol (25mcg) should be encouraged.

Keywords: MISOPROSTOL, BIRTH ASPHYXIA, ADVANCE COMMUNITY DISTRIBUTION, NIGERIA, BIRTH ATTENDANT

Published
2013-02-19
Section
Articles

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