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Primary postpartum haemorrhage

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Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
METeOR identifier:Help on this term524114
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 07/03/2014
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 20/12/2016
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Primary postpartum haemorrhage, a form of obstetric haemorrhage, is excessive bleeding from the genital tract after childbirth, occurring within 24 hours of birth.

A blood loss of 500 ml is the usual minimum amount for identification of postpartum haemorrhage however a woman’s haemodynamic instability is also taken into account, meaning that a smaller blood loss may be significant in a severely compromised woman. A loss of 1,000 ml or more is considered major or severe although definitions of severity vary.

Secondary postpartum haemorrhage is excessive bleeding from the genital tract after childbirth occurring between 24 hours and 6 weeks postpartum.

Source and reference attributes

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Medforth J, Battersby S & Evans M 2011. Oxford Handbook of Midwifery. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Queensland Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guidelines Program 2009. Queensland maternity and neonatal clinical guideline: primary postpartum haemorrhage.

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) 2011. Management of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH): College statement C-Obs 43

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) 2009. Prevention and management of postpartum haemorrhage: Green-top guideline no. 52.

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Female—blood transfusion due to primary postpartum haemorrhage indicator Health, Standard 07/03/2014

Female—blood transfusion due to primary postpartum haemorrhage indicator, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code N Health, Standard 02/08/2017

Female—blood transfusion due to primary postpartum haemorrhage indicator, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code N Health, Superseded 02/08/2017

Female—estimated blood loss indicating primary postpartum haemorrhage Health, Standard 07/03/2014

Female—estimated blood loss indicating primary postpartum haemorrhage, estimated blood loss volume category code N Health, Standard 05/10/2016

Female—estimated blood loss indicating primary postpartum haemorrhage, estimated blood loss volume category, code N Health, Superseded 05/10/2016

Female—primary postpartum haemorrhage indicator Health, Standard 07/03/2014

Female—primary postpartum haemorrhage indicator, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code N Health, Superseded 02/08/2017

Female—primary postpartum haemorrhage indicator, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code N Health, Standard 02/08/2017

Perinatal DSS 2014-15 Health, Superseded 13/11/2014

Perinatal DSS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 04/09/2015

Perinatal NBEDS 2016-17 Health, Superseded 05/10/2016

Perinatal NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 02/08/2017

Perinatal NBEDS 2018-19 Health, Standard 02/08/2017

Perinatal NBEDS 2019–20 Health, Standardisation pending 23/08/2018

Primary postpartum haemorrhage indicator Health, Standard 07/03/2014

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