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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of the systematic use of a transparent plastic collector bag to measure postpartum blood loss after vaginal delivery in reducing the incidence of severe postpartum haemorrhage. DESIGN: Cluster randomised trial. SETTING: 13 European countries. PARTICIPANTS: 78 maternity units and 25 381 women who had a vaginal delivery. INTERVENTIONS: Maternity units were randomly assigned to systematic use of a collector bag (intervention group) or to continue to visually assess postpartum blood loss after vaginal delivery (control group). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome was the incidence of severe postpartum haemorrhage in vaginal deliveries, defined as a composite of one or more of blood transfusion, intravenous plasma expansion, arterial embolisation, surgical procedure, admission to an intensive care unit, treatment with recombinant factor VII, and death. RESULTS: Severe postpartum haemorrhage occurred in 189 of 11 037 of vaginal deliveries (1.71%) in the intervention group compared with 295 of 14 344 in the control group (2.06%). The difference was not statistically significant either in individual level analysis (adjusted odds ratio 0.82, 95% confidence interval 0.26 to 2.53) or in cluster level analysis (difference in weighted mean rate adjusted for baseline rate 0.16%, 95% confidence interval -0.69% to 1.02%). CONCLUSION: Compared with visual estimation of postpartum blood loss the use of a collector bag after vaginal delivery did not reduce the rate of severe postpartum haemorrhage. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN66197422.

Original publication

DOI

10.1136/bmj.c293

Type

Journal article

Journal

Bmj (clinical research ed.)

Publication Date

01/2010

Volume

340

Addresses

Perinatal Epidemiology Research Unit, School of Public Health, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Route de Lennik 808, CP 597, B-1070 Bruxelles, Belgium. wzhang@ulb.ac.be

Keywords

EUPHRATES Group, Humans, Postpartum Hemorrhage, Blood Specimen Collection, Prognosis, Delivery, Obstetric, Cluster Analysis, Pregnancy, Adult, Female