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Balloon Tamponade After Delivery Cut Rates of Invasive Procedures

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eMediNexus    10 December 2017

Use of intrauterine balloon tamponade on women with severe postpartum hemorrhage seems to be associated with fewer invasive procedures, such as pelvic vessel ligation, arterial embolization and hysterectomy, suggested a retrospective French cohort study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers noted that the rates of invasive procedures were significantly lower in a pilot network of hospitals where this intervention was routinely used, compared to a hospital network that chose to go directly to a more invasive procedure (3.0 per 1,000 deliveries vs. 5.1 per 1,000).

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