Outcomes after major postpartum transfusion 'similar across hospitals'

The NSW study finds no greater risk for patients delivering in smaller hospitals compared with tertiary centres

Outcomes for women requiring large volume blood transfusions for postpartum haemorrhage at public hospitals are similar regardless of whether or not the patient is in a tertiary centre, a study shows.

blood transfusion - gloved hands attaching drip to bag

This finding is reassuring, the study authors say, as their analysis also confirms the difficulty in predicting which women are at risk of ‘massive’ postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), underlining the need for all hospitals to be able to deal with a major bleed.