A systematic review of the relationship between blood loss and clinical signs.
- January 8th, 2016
- Staff Publication
- Postpartum Hemorrhage
- Winikoff, Beverly, Blum, Jennifer, Durocher, Jill, Pacagnella, R.C., Souza, J.P., Perel, P., Gülmezoglu, A.M.
This review examined 30 studies involving women with haemorrhage, 5 of which focused on pregnancy-related haemorrhage, to see if there was a relationship between blood loss and clinical signs that could be used as triggers for clinical interventions. The authors found that there was considerable variability in this relationship. While there was a significant relationship between shock index and blood loss, it is difficult to establish specific cut-off points for other factors to indicate clinical intervention. Further research on the role of the shock index in obstetrics is needed.
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