WHO guidelines for the management of postpartum haemorrhage and retained placenta
Publisher/Organizer: World Health Organization
Publication date: 2009
Number of pages: 59
Effective treatment of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) often requires simultaneous multidisciplinary interventions. The health care provider needs to begin resuscitative efforts quickly, establish the cause of the haemorrhage, and possibly obtain the assistance of other care providers, such as an obstetrician, anaesthetist or radiologist. Avoiding delays in diagnosis and treatment will have significant simpact on sequelae and chance of survival.
These guidelines therefore include "care pathways" for the management of PPH, as a practical guide for clinicians. A loose-leaf insert of these care pathways has been included for use as a wall-chart. This book is not intended to be a comprehensive guide on management of PPH and retained placenta. Rather it reflects the questions that were regarded as high priority by a multidisciplinary panel of international health workers and consumers.