Misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage: empowering health workers to save lives

Misoprostol for postpartum hemorrhage: empowering health workers to save lives

By: Shafia Rashid, Senior Technical Advisor, Family Care International (FCI) Program of Management Sciences for Health In Senegal, approximately 1,800 women lose their lives every year while giving birth. The major cause of these deaths is uncontrolled bleeding after childbirth, or postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). More than half of Senegalese women live in rural areas and have limited access to well-equipped health facilities that can prevent or treat many of these deaths. Many women give birth,…

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A Garment Originally Made for Astronauts is Saving the Lives of New Mothers in Developing Countries

A Garment Originally Made for Astronauts is Saving the Lives of New Mothers in Developing Countries

By: Ananya Bhattacharya, Editorial Fellow, Quartz n 1969, medical researchers at NASA’s Ames Research Center were referred an unusual patient: a local California woman who had given birth to a healthy baby, but who kept hemorrhaging dangerous amounts of blood. While doctors at Stanford University Hospital gave the hemorrhage patient a blood transfusion, engineers at the space agency brainstormed solutions to stop the bleeding. They decided to try an anti-gravity suit—typically used to keep astronauts…

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Misoprostol for the Treatment of Postpartum Hemorrhage: Findings from Clinical Research Trials

Misoprostol for the Treatment of Postpartum Hemorrhage: Findings from Clinical Research Trials

This research summary describes the results of a series of clinical trials conducted by Gynuity and international colleagues on the use of misoprostol for the treatment of postpartum hemorrhage. The findings show: Sublingual misoprostol (800 mcg) is a safe, effective and acceptable alternative first-line treatment for PPH due to uterine atony. Misoprostol is easy to administer and may be particularly useful in settings where administration of IV oxytocin is not possible, particularly at lower levels…

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