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Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181cc4139
Postpartum Hemorrhage

Surgical Remedies for Postpartum Hemorrhage

PORRECO, RICHARD P. MD*; STETTLER, ROBERT W. MD

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Abstract

When medical therapy is unsuccessful, surgical approaches to postpartum hemorrhage are often considered. These may include uterine curettage, laceration repair, balloon tamponade, compressive suture techniques, uterine or hypogastric artery ligation, and ultimately hysterectomy. A systems approach to the care of these patients includes identification of rapid response teams, assessment of risk factors, and the timely and knowledgeable use of blood and blood products. Comprehensive care of patients with massive obstetric hemorrhage will improve the outcome of this largely preventable cause of maternal mortality.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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