Local hemostatic agents (LHA) may prevent blood loss associated with postpartum hemorrhage, in some cases, claim researchers from Bogota, Colombia. Based on the study published in the Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, LHAs may protect fertility and future reproductive status by preventing emergency hysterectomies in some patients.

Researchers collected information from 41 women presenting with postpartum hemorrhage after C-section delivery. Information was also collected from hospital records from past C-section deliveries resulting in postpartum hemorrhage.

Conclusion: Based on the information collected, LHA treatment reduced the number of emergency hysterectomies dramatically – 5% vs 66%. There was also a significant reduction in the use of hemoderivative transfusions with LHA patients requiring transfusion only 20% of the time compared to 80% of women not treated with LHA. LHAs improve overall outcome when patients present with postpartum hemorrhage.

Source: Portilla D, Hernández-Giraldo C, Moreno B, Quijano F, Hoyos LR, Angarita AM, Madero S. A local hemostatic agent for the management of postpartum hemorrhage due to placenta previa and placenta accreta: a cross-sectional study. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2013 Mar 27.

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