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Revista Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

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GOMEZ-DAVILA, Joaquín Guillermo et al. Clinical practice guidelines for the prevention and management of post-partum bleeding and of hemorrhagic shock complications. Rev Colomb Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2013, vol.64, n.4, pp.425-452. ISSN 0034-7434.

Objective: To make recommendations based on the best available evidence designed to guide healthcare professionals in the prevention, detection and management of post-partum bleeding and complications associated with it, in order to arrive at uniform clinical practices and contribute to the reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality. Materials and methods: The Guideline Developer Group (GDG) prepared this CPG during 2011-2012, in accordance with the Methodology Guideline for the development of Comprehensive Care Guidelines of the Colombian General System of Social Security, based on the available scientific evidence, and with the active participation of patient groups, scientific societies and stakeholders. In particular, the evidence for these Guidelines was adapted from the CPG of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) “Prevention and management of postpartum haemorrhage” (2009) and of the World Health Organization (WHO), “WHO guidelines for the management of postpartum haemorrhage and retained placenta” (2009) and updated through systematic procedures for the search and assessment of the evidence as well as for the generation of recommendations. The level of evidence and the power of the recommendations were expressed using the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) system. Results: Recommendations are presented for the prevention, detection and treatment of postpartum haemorrhage based on 17 clinical questions. Conclusion: We present a summarized version of the recommendations and the evidence for these guidelines, which are expected to be adopted by healthcare practitioners in charge of pregnancy care in Colombia, in order to reduce pregnancy-associated morbidity and mortality.

Keywords : Postpartum haemorrhage; hemorragic shock; evidence-based clinical practice; Colombia.

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