Title

Measurement of blood loss at childbirth and postpartum

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2006

Journal

International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Volume

95

Issue

1

DOI

10.1016/j.ijgo.2006.06.010

Keywords

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

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. © 2006 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

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