In an effort to “de-medicalise” abortion care, transitioning surgical abortion services from operating theaters to outpatient settings should be welcomed in these trying times. The Ipas MVA aspirator is a safe, economical and effective way to maintain abortion care for women, providing several benefits when applied in outpatient services:
- Less time: simpler and more predictable “in and out” outpatient services are quicker than admission to an operating theater. This is a general benefit but particularly salient for reducing risk of contracting Covid-19.
- Greater flexibility: outpatient services are more flexible than operating theater protocols; this elevates the woman’s experience and gives the provider more latitude to treat the patient in front of her/him.
- Easier to schedule: outpatient procedures rely less on specialized equipment and face less disruption from emergency services.
- Less costly: the absence of general anesthesia, an anesthesiologist, operating theater staff, and a recovery bed mean fewer expenses for the health system and lower fees for the woman.
- Task shifting: qualified clinicians, midwives and nurses can all provide abortion care in outpatient settings, thereby freeing up specialists for acute cases that require advanced skills or knowledge.