New approaches to obstetric hemorrhage: the postpartum hemorrhage consensus algorithm

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Abstract

Purpose of review

Postpartum hemorrhage is increasingly frequent and a major contributor to maternal morbidity and mortality. Although individual steps, such as coagulation or surgical management, have been reviewed, there is little information on treatment algorithms.

Recent findings

A treatment algorithm for postpartum hemorrhage was developed by the experts from three different specialties and from three countries. The algorithm describes symptoms, diagnosis, general measurements, medication, and organizational aspects.

Summary

The algorithm is thought to serve as a template for local adaptation. It will hopefully improve the management of postpartum hemorrhage.

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