Estimating blood loss after birth: Using simulated clinical examples

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dc.contributor.author Buckland, SS
dc.contributor.author Homer, CSE
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:39:09Z
dc.date.issued 2007-06
dc.identifier.citation Women and Birth, 2007, 20 (2), pp. 85 - 88
dc.identifier.issn 1871-5192
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/5571
dc.description.abstract Aim: To determine the accuracy of the estimation of blood loss using simulated clinical examples. Setting: Over 100 attendees came together at a seminar about postpartum haemorrhage in June 2006. Five blood loss assessment stations were constructed, each containing a simulated clinical example. Each station was numbered and was made up of a variety of equipment used in birthing suites. Over 5 L of 'artificial' blood was made. The artificial blood was similar to the colour and consistency of real blood. Sample: A convenience sample of 88 participants was given a response sheet and asked to estimate blood loss at each station. Participants included midwives, student midwives and an obstetrician. Results: Blood in a container (bedpan, kidney dish) was more accurately estimated than blood on sanitary pads, sheets or clothing. Lower volumes of blood were also estimated correctly by more participants than the higher volumes. Discussion: Improvements are still needed in visual estimation of blood loss following childbirth. Education programs may increase the level of accuracy. Conclusion: We encourage other clinicians and educators to embark upon a similar exercise to assist midwives and others to improve their visual estimation of blood loss after birth. Accurate estimations can ensure that women who experience significant blood loss can receive appropriate care and the published rates of postpartum haemorrhage are correct. © 2007 Australian College of Midwives.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.wombi.2007.01.001
dc.title Estimating blood loss after birth: Using simulated clinical examples
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Women and Birth
dc.journal.volume 2
dc.journal.volume 20
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 85 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 88 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1110 Nursing
dc.personcode 995146
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Nursing en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords Education
dc.description.keywords Labour
dc.description.keywords Midwifery
dc.description.keywords Obstetrics
dc.description.keywords Uterine haemorrhage
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Health
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Health Services and Practice Research
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
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utslib.collection.history General (ID: 2)
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