Comparison of the trends in risk factors and management of severe postpartum hemorrhage: Years 2000–2004 versus 2005–2008


Journal Article

© Journal of Reproductive Medicine®, Inc. OBJECTIVE: To compare trends in the etiology and management of severe postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) during 2 time periods: 2000–2004 (Period 1) versus 2005–2008 (Period 2). STUDY DESIGN: Medical records with a diagnosis of PPH were identified by ICD-9 codes for immediate, third-stage, delayed, and secondary PPH and postpartum coagulation defect. Subjects having a PPH within 24 hours of delivery who also received blood component therapy (defined as severe PPH) during Period 1 were compared with those from Period 2. RESULTS: There were 109 and 119 cases identified from Periods 1 and 2, respectively. Uterine atony was the most common cause of severe PPH during both time periods. In the second time period women with severe PPH had a lower mean hematocrit (p<0.05), a greater mean BMI (p<0.05), and more induced labor (p<0.01) as compared to the first time period. A greater proportion of the women in the second time period received misoprostol (p<0.0001) and platelets (p<0.05). The proportions of other therapies and surgical interventions remained unchanged, as did the ultimate outcomes. CONCLUSION: At a single large institution over the course of a 9-year period the management of severe PPH changed to include a greater utilization of misoprostol and platelet therapy.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hill, CC; Lockhart, EL; Thames, E; Paglia, MJ; Small, MJ; James, AH; Grotegut, CA

Published Date

  • August 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 61 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 320 - 326

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0024-7758

Citation Source

  • Scopus