The Bleeding Parturient – Current Transfusion Recommendations

  • H J Moutlana University of the Witwatersrand
Keywords: bleeding parturient, transfusion recommendations


Obstetric haemorrhage is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality worldwide.1,2 In South Africa, according to the National Committee for Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths (NCCEMD), obstetric haemorrhage was the second most common cause of maternal deaths in the triennium 2008 – 2010. The report showed that obstetric haemorrhage contributed 14.1% of all maternal deaths in that period and it continues to be the most common cause of avoidable maternal mortality.3

Author Biography

H J Moutlana, University of the Witwatersrand
MBChB (UP), DA (SA), FCA (SA), Specialist Anaesthetist University of the Witwatersrand
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