Obstetric hemorrhage survey: Attitudes and practices of maternal-fetal medicine fellows.
Journal of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate experiences related to obstetric hemorrhage and suspected abnormal placentation among first year maternal-fetal medicine fellows.
STUDY DESIGN: A cross-sectional anonymous survey was administered at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow retreat in March 2013. Fellows were asked about management strategies that reflected both their individual and institutional practices.
RESULTS: There was a 56% response rate (55/98). In cases of postpartum hemorrhage due to uterine atony, there was variable use of the uterine tamponade device. The median incremental time for balloon deflation was every 5 hours (IQR = 2-12). Compared to the east coast, fellows from the west coast performed more hysterectomies (mean±SD; 2.9±2.4 vs. 1.2±1.2, p = 0.004). During a peripartum hysterectomy, 29% of fellows used a handheld cautery device such as Ligasure® or Gyrus®. Fifty-six percent responded that their institution never recommend planned delayed hysterectomies for abnormal placental implantation.
CONCLUSION: There is wide variation in practice among first year maternal-fetal medicine fellows in management of peripartum hysterectomy and postpartum hemorrhage.
Ahmadzia, H. K., Thomas, S., Murtha, A., Heine, R., & Brancazio, L. (2016). Obstetric hemorrhage survey: Attitudes and practices of maternal-fetal medicine fellows.. Journal of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine, 9 (2). http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/NPM-16915119