failed forceps

failed forceps

an attempted midforceps operation that is abandoned because there is a greater degree of resistance to rotation or traction than anticipated, as a result of cephalopelvic disproportion. Cesarean section is performed to deliver the infant. Compare trial forceps. See also cephalopelvic disproportion.
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A BABY suffered a fractured skull and died ten hours later after a failed forceps delivery.