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.
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