Utilizing peer-reviewed research is beneficial especially when you can apply the techniques used within your organization. I chose to research the effects of using a peanut ball for position changes during labor. Working in labor and delivery we have a large population of women that want to move around in the bed to help ease their discomfort even though they have an epidural. The epidural, although it takes away the sharp pain it doesn’t take away the pressure. The research I found analyzed the effectiveness of using a peanut ball for position changes for those women who have had an epidural. The study found that those who used the peanut ball were more comfortable as the ball allowed for the women’s pelvis to remain open decreasing the intense pressure (Stulz et. All, 2018). Although the study had positive results, I found that the research was limited as it only looked at healthy women with and without an epidural. Today there are more women with co-morbidities affecting their delivery and the care we provide rather than healthy moms. I would have liked to see more results of a wider population base. In sum, the research showed positive benefits for both primigravida and multigravida mother’s that used the peanut ball (Stulz et. All, 2018). The data also reflected on how utilization of the ball also helped reduce the need for cesarean sections, forceps deliveries and vacuum deliveries (Stulz et.
All, 2018). Women who had an epidural and those who did not both reported having more pain relief with the use of the peanut as well (Stulz et. All, 2018).
Step 1: Research Analysis Complete the table below Topic of Interest: Utilization of Peanut Balls during Labor Research Article: Include full citation in APA format, as well as link or search details (such as DOI) Virginia Stulz, David Campbell, Biing Yin, Wafa Al Omari, Robin Burr, Heather Reilly, & Kenny Lawson. (2018). Using a peanut ball during labour versus not using a peanut ball during labour for women using an epidural: study protocol for a randomised controlled pilot study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, (1), 1. - org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1186/s40814-018-0346-9 Professional Practice Use: One or more professional practice uses of the theories/concepts presented in the article The study used three randomized control groups throughout the research process to show how the use of peanut balls during labor for primigravida women with an epidural greatly decreased the need for a vacuum or forceps delivery. The study also showed that the use of the peanut ball decreased the overall length of the labor and the need for a cesarean section as well. Research Analysis Matrix Add more rows if necessary Strengths of the Research Limitations of the Research Relevancy to Topic of Interest Notes Three random control groups Study only done in Australia Not too relevant to the topic itself; however, limiting the data to one specific area can skew the results.