The patient is taken to the procedure room where she is placed on an exam table. If patient elects to have a mild IV sedative it is given at this point. The patient’s abdomen is cleansed with an anti-septic solution. A sonogram sector scan is placed on the patient’s abdomen and the fetal abdominal cavity is isolated. A spinal needle is guided slowly into the fetal heart where a feticide agent (digoxin, potassium chloride, hypertonic saline) or 50cc’s of air is injected via a syringe to stop the fetal heart beat. The procedure usually takes 2 to 4 minutes to perform. The patient is then observed for several minutes in the procedure room.
Fetal Intra-cardiac Injection for Late Term Abortion
[isn’t it sad that we live in a world where the word ‘feticide’ actually exists?]
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