Emergent management of postpartum hemorrhage for the general and acute care surgeon

Allison B Weisbrod, Forest R Sheppard, Mildred R Chernofsky, Charles L Blankenship, Frederick Gage, Gary Wind, Eric A Elster, William A Liston

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BACKGROUND: Postpartum hemorrhage is one of the rare occasions when a general or acute care surgeon may be emergently called to labor and delivery, a situation in which time is limited and the stakes high. Unfortunately, there is generally a paucity of exposure and information available to surgeons regarding this topic: obstetric training is rarely found in contemporary surgical residency curricula and is omitted nearly completely from general and acute care surgery literature and continuing medical education.

METHODS: The purpose of this manuscript is to serve as a topic specific review for surgeons and to present a surgeon oriented management algorithm. Medline and Ovid databases were utilized in a comprehensive literature review regarding the management of postpartum hemorrhage and a management algorithm for surgeons developed based upon a collaborative panel of general, acute care, trauma and obstetrical surgeons' review of the literature and expert opinion.

RESULTS: A stepwise approach for surgeons of the medical and surgical interventions utilized to manage and treat postpartum hemorrhage is presented and organized into a basic algorithm.

CONCLUSION: The manuscript should promote and facilitate a more educated, systematic and effective surgeon response and participation in the management of postpartum hemorrhage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43
JournalWorld Journal of Emergency Surgery
StatePublished - 25 Nov 2009


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