A computer-based simulation of vacuum extraction during childbirth

Lapeer, Rudy, Gerikhanov, Zelimkhan and Audinis, Vilius (2014) A computer-based simulation of vacuum extraction during childbirth. In: SIMULIA Regional User Meeting RUM 2014, 2014-11-04 - 2014-11-05, Park Royal.

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Vacuum extraction is an instrumental method used in obstetrics when childbirth labour fails to progress. The instrument used during vacuum extraction is the ventouse. It comprises of a suction cup attached to the fetal scalp through a vacuum, and a chord or chain to apply a traction force to expedite the delivery of the baby. It is claimed in the obstetric literature that incorrect placement of the cup, in particular across the anterior fontanelle, may cause serious injury to the fetal scalp. Here we put this theory to the test using a computerised simulation with finite element analysis. The results show substantially larger soft tissue deformations near the anterior fontanelle which may constitute quantitative evidence of qualitative assessments reported in the obstetric literature.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: finite element analysis,computer simulation
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Computing Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Interactive Graphics and Audio
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 10:00
Last Modified: 24 May 2023 06:00
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/56987


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