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Controlling postpartum hemorrhage after home births in Tanzania.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15919088     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: Determine safety of household management of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) with 1000 microg of rectal misoprostol, and assess possible reduction in referrals and the need for additional interventions. METHODS: Traditional birth attendants (TBAs) in Kigoma, Tanzania were trained to recognize PPH (500 ml of blood loss). Blood loss measurement was standardized by using a local garment, the "kanga". TBAs in the intervention area gave 1000 microg of misoprostol rectally when PPH occurred. Those in the non-intervention area referred the women to the nearest facility. RESULTS: 454 women in the intervention and 395 in the non-intervention areas were eligible. 111 in the intervention area and 73 in the non-intervention had PPH. Fewer than 2% of the PPH women in the intervention area were referred, compared with 19% in the non-intervention. CONCLUSION: Misoprostol is a low cost, easy to use technology that can control PPH even without a medically trained attendant.
N Prata; G Mbaruku; M Campbell; M Potts; F Vahidnia
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  90     ISSN:  0020-7292     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  2005 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-07-04     Completed Date:  2005-12-29     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Bixby Population Program, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 1213 Tolman Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1690, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Administration, Rectal
Home Childbirth*
Infant, Newborn
Medically Underserved Area
Misoprostol / administration & dosage*
Oxytocics / administration & dosage*
Postpartum Hemorrhage / prevention & control*
Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Oxytocics; 59122-46-2/Misoprostol

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