The induction of labor by some mechanical means is undoubtedly more certain than by the use of oxytocic drugs. In certain cases, these two means may be combined to advantage. As a mechanical method, the use of a hydrostatic bag offers a comparatively safe procedure not only for inducing but also for hastening an otherwise long and tedious labor, such as may result
from absence of the bag of waters, dystocia of the cervix, or uterine inertia. Furthermore, in cases of toxemia in which the patient is kept under the influence of morphine, it offers a useful means of terminating a labor that would otherwise be difficult because of the feebleness of the uterine contractions. In placenta praevia, the hydrostatic bag serves as a valuable addition to our methods of controlling hemorrhage.
The disadvantage of the use of the hydrostatic bag has been the danger of infection that has always
MAYES HW. THE USE OF MERCUROCHROME AS A VAGINAL ANTISEPTIC IN THE INDUCTION OF LABOR: BASED ON AN ANALYSIS OF ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-ONE CASES. JAMA. 1927;89(20):1685–1689. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690200037012
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