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Laminaria reduces time of saline amniocentesis abortion

A seaweed extract called laminaria is now being inserted into the cervix of saline amniocentesis abortion patients at Inglewood General Hospital. Recent studies of dilatation and suction curettage abortions have proven that laminaria has two major benefits: the first benefit being the safety application in preserving the patient's child-bearing capability, and the second being that it enables the procedure to be performed more easily. An additional major benefit, that of a reduction of patient time in the saline amniocentesis abortion procedure was hypothesized by the author. If this was true patients would benefit economically and in the amount of hours spent in labor - "patient trauma time". A plan for statistical analysis was designed by the author, designating four factors as possible contributors to the differences in the total amount of time between the infusion of saline and the time of fetal expulsion. These factors were the use of laminaria, the weeks of gestation, the gravidas, and the p.atienes age. For the purpose of this study the medical records of 1, 114 patients at Inglewood General Hospital were reviewed. Statistical analysis of the data indicated that only laminaria was significant in the reduction of time, and that the time could be reduced even more proportionate to the number of additional laminaria inserted into the cervix.

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