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Diagnosis and management of postpartum haemorrhage

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 27 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3875
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A visual summary of suggested approaches for the management of primary and secondary postpartum haemorrahage

Death from Postpartum Haemorrhage , and on 9/11

Discussion of postpartum haemorrhage, and its ideal management, is made difficult as the resources available vary widely from developing to developed countries.

What is not difficult to comprehend is the vast, largely needless waste of human life that goes on day after day, year after year, from postpartum haemorrhage. There are around 125,000 deaths each year from postpartum haemorrhage - which equates to 42 equivalent 9/11 events. Whilst every year the anniversary of 9/11 is marked and tributes paid to the dead, the deaths of 2,000,000 women who have died from postpartum haemorrhage since 9/11 took place, are only acknowledged and grieved by their families. Because almost all of the deaths are in developing countries. This surely speaks volumes of where priorities lie for us in the devoloped world

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 October 2017
Malcolm John Dickson
Consultant Obstetrician
Morley Green