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Can Interprofessional Simulation Training Influence the Frequency of Blood Transfusions After Birth?

Egenberg, S.; Øian, P.; Bru, L.E.; Sautter, M.; Kristoffersen, G.; Moe Eggebø, T.

Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: March 2016 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 32
doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000479508.27742.f5
Mechanisms, Equipment, Hazards

(Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2015;94:316–323)

Postpartum hemorrhage is defined as an estimated blood loss of >500 mL after vaginal birth and >1000 mL after cesarean delivery. Determining how much blood a patient has lost remains difficult as it is typically assessed by visual estimation, which may underestimate excessive blood loss. Interprofessional simulations of hemorrhage help improve performance and thereby increase patient safety during clinical events. The authors examined whether this type of training could reduce blood loss, during hemorrhage using the rate of red blood cell transfusions as a marker.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway

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