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Guideline-based Development of Quality Indicators for Prevention and Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage

Woiski, M.D.; Scheepers, H.C.; Liefers, J.; Lance, M.; Middeldorp, J.M.; Lotgering, F.K.; Grol, R.P.; Hermens, R.P.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000489456.90123.5e
Epidemiologic Reports, Surveys
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(Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2015;94:1118–1127)

Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a major cause of maternal mortality worldwide, and it has been reported that many mothers suffering from hemorrhage received substandard care. Two recent studies have shown that 30% to 90% of women with PPH received care that is less than optimal, while a third study has shown that hospitals with a fetal maternal specialist experienced a lower rate of PPH. Research has also shown that a lack of training and education among health care providers could play a significant role in the development of severe hemorrhage. The authors of this paper developed a series of quality indicators to evaluate whether providers are adhering to the optimal guidelines when caring for patients with PPH.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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