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.
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.
The algorithm is thought to serve as a template for local adaptation. It will hopefully improve the management of postpartum hemorrhage.
aDepartment of Anesthesiology, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland
bInterdisciplinary Centre for Gynecology, Gynecooncology and Feto-Maternal Medicine, Klagenfurt, Austria
cDepartment of Obstetrics/Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Physiology, University Hospital Jena, Jena Germany
Correspondence to Professor Dr med. Thierry Girard, Department of Anesthesiology, University Hospital Basel, Spitalstrasse 21, CH-4031, Basel, Switzerland. Tel: +41 61 265 25 25; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org