Life-threatening Complications in Peripartum

  • G. Capogna
  • M. Camorcia
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Although much less common than in the past, obstetric haemorrhage is still responsible for 13% of all matemal deaths [1]. As with any emergency, the assessment of obstetric haemorrhage begins with the ABCs (airway, breathing, and circulation). Signs of hypovolaemic shock in a nonpregnant patient become evident after 15%-20% of total volume loss. The traditional staging scheme to assess the degree of blood loss based on clinical findings is not practical in the parturient for two reasons. First parturients have a 35%-40% increase in blood volume. Second, parturients tolerate considerable haemorrhage with minimal changes in cardiac output and blood pressure. Haemorrhage in the parturient is classified into three or four classes, depending on the degree of blood loss.


Disseminate Intravascular Coagulation Epidural Analgesia Epidural Catheter Disseminate Intravascular Coagulation Vaginal Bleeding 
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