EDITORIAL COMMENT: PDF OnlyChoice of instrument for vaginal deliveryJohanson, RichardAuthor Information Academic Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Maternity Department, North Staffordshire Hospital Trust, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 6QG, UK. Tel: +44 01782 552356; fax: +44 01782 710936 Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology: December 1997 - Volume 9 - Issue 6 - p 361-365 Buy Abstract This review covers a selection of the important recently published papers that show enormous variations in obstetric intervention rates. It includes references to the forceps versus vacuum extractor controversy, discussing the controlled trial data as well as selected observational studies. Papers on new equipment and techniques of delivery are reviewed, although in the recent literature these are principally related to the vacuum extractor and not to forceps. Final discussion is made of methods of ensuring adequate training. Copyright © 1997 YEAR Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.