Measurement of blood loss at childbirth and postpartum

J. A. Kavle, S. S. Khalfan, R. J. Stoltzfus, Frank R Witter, J. M. Tielsch, Laura Caulfield

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Abstract

Objective: To accurately measure blood loss during childbirth in a developing country. Method: The alkaline hematin technique was used to quantify blood lost during delivery and 24 h postpartum in 158 women in Pemba Island, Zanzibar. Result: Women were found to lose less blood during childbirth and 24 h postpartum than previously reported. Compared with laboratory values, nurse-midwives approximated blood loss accurately (mean difference, i.e., mean underestimation by nurse-midwives, 4.90 mL); however, their imprecision was greater for higher laboratory values. Conclusion: This study may prompt further investigation, as no comparable data exist for developing countries where maternal mortality is high and severe anemia prevalent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-28
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Volume95
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006

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Postpartum Period
Parturition
Nurse Midwives
Developing Countries
Indian Ocean Islands
Hemin
Tanzania
Maternal Mortality
Islands
Anemia

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Alkaline hematin
  • Blood loss
  • Delivery
  • Estimation
  • Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Measurement of blood loss at childbirth and postpartum. / Kavle, J. A.; Khalfan, S. S.; Stoltzfus, R. J.; Witter, Frank R; Tielsch, J. M.; Caulfield, Laura.

In: International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Vol. 95, No. 1, 10.2006, p. 24-28.

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Kavle, J. A. ; Khalfan, S. S. ; Stoltzfus, R. J. ; Witter, Frank R ; Tielsch, J. M. ; Caulfield, Laura. / Measurement of blood loss at childbirth and postpartum. In: International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2006 ; Vol. 95, No. 1. pp. 24-28.
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