Primary postpartum haemorrhage
Identifying and definitional attributes
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|Registration status:||Health, Standard 07/03/2014|
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 20/12/2016
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
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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