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Dilek Uysal, Hakan Cokmez, Cetin Aydin, Tolga Ciftpinar
Postpartum haemorrhage is the most important cause of maternal morbidity and mortality, especially when all conservative measures, including syntometrine oxytocin and Bakri balloons have failed to accomplish haemostasis and expeditious surgical procedures, such as uterine artery ligation and emergency peripartum hysterectomy (EPH) are required. This retrospective study analysed 31 cases of EPH performed between January 2007 and January 2016 in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Izmir Ataturk Teaching and Research Hospital...
March 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Nathali Gunawardena, Ghose Bishwajit, Sanni Yaya
Background: For exploring maternal death, supply and demand-side factors can be characterized by the three delays model developed by Thaddeus and Maine (1994). The model comprises delay in deciding to seek care (delay 1), delay in reaching the health facility (delay 2), and delay in receiving quality care once at the health facility (delay 3). Few studies have comprehensively dealt with the health systems delays that prevent the receipt of timely and appropriate obstetric care once a woman reaches a health facility (phase III delays)...
2018: Frontiers in Public Health
Ross W McQuivey, Jon E Block, Robert A Massaro
As a leading cause of maternal death, postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) remains a worldwide obstetrical problem. However, in most cases, mortality and morbidity can be averted if efforts are immediately undertaken to achieve hemostasis. Uterine balloon tamponade has been shown to provide effective control of PPH and avoid more invasive surgical procedures and even the emergency peripartum hysterectomy. Recent clinical recommendation suggests that balloon tamponade should be considered earlier in the treatment cascade in conjunction with uterotonic agents to ensure hemostasis in the most timely fashion and maximize clinical outcomes...
2018: Medical Devices: Evidence and Research
Emily Aherne, Katie Beauchamp, Niamh Maher, Thomas Walsh, William Boyd, Maeve Eogan, Leo Lawler
A 32-year-old primiparous woman presented with severe abdominal pain at 21 weeks' gestation. Background history of laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain and a spontaneous miscarriage was noted. On examination, she was peritonitic and tachycardic with low grade fever and anemia. MRI abdomen demonstrated a uterine rupture with a large cap of clotted blood overlying the uterine fundus with the appearance of a "shower cap" and large volume haemoperitoneum, the presumptive diagnosis was uterine rupture with placental extrusion...
May 2017: Ulster Medical Journal
Rosalyn E Maben-Feaster, R Brent Stansfield, AnneMarie Opipari, Maya M Hammoud
BACKGROUND: One-third of Americans use social media websites as a source of health care information. Twitter, a microblogging site that allows users to place 280-character posts-or tweets-on the Web, is emerging as an important social media platform for health care. However, most guidelines on medical professionalism on social media are based on expert opinion. OBJECTIVE: This study sought to examine if provider Twitter profiles with educational tweets were viewed as more professional than profiles with personal tweets or a mixture of the two, and to determine the impact of provider gender on perceptions of professionalism in an academic obstetrics and gynecology clinic...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Jenna Dran
In 2015, Zika virus rapidly emerged as a concern for obstetric patients and health care providers as the disease spread geographically and it was discovered that Zika virus infection had the potential to cause devastating birth defects. Essentially overnight, obstetric care providers were faced with an influx of rapidly evolving information and an increased workload. New systems, workflows, and personnel were needed to effectively address the new patient care needs fueled by the burgeoning Zika virus epidemic...
March 8, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
L Carey, C Desouza, A Moorcroft, A Elgalib
The aim of this study was to describe the obstetrical and virological outcomes in HIV-infected pregnant women who delivered at a district general hospital in south London in the period from 2008 to 2014. Our review identified 137 pregnancies; most (60%, 63/105) of them were unplanned. The commonest mode of delivery was spontaneous vaginal delivery (SVD) (42%, 48/114) followed by emergency Caesarean section (32%, 36/114). Gestational age at delivery was ≥37 weeks in most (84%, 91/106) of the cases. Maternal HIV VL at or closest to delivery was undetectable (<40 copies/mL), <400 copies/mL and >1000 copies/mL in 73% (94/129), 90% (116/129) and 6% (8/129) of the pregnancies, respectively...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Sudip Kundu, Hatun Karakas, Hermann Hertel, Peter Hillemanns, Ismini Staboulidou, Cordula Schippert, Philipp Soergel
INTRODUCTION: For the last two decades, obesity rates have been increasing in both developed and developing countries, with the number of obese women roughly doubling during this period (Stevens et al. in Popul Health Metr 10(1):33, 2012). Obesity represents one of the biggest epidemics of the 21st century. The aim of this retrospective study is to characterise the outcomes of gynaecologic surgeries in cases of extremely obese women with a body mass index (BMI) over 40 kg/m2 . METHODS: This study is a retrospective case control study in a single-centre setting...
March 10, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Kimberly Garcia, Donna Dowling, Gretchen Mettler
INTRODUCTION: Guatemala's Maternal Mortality Rate is 65th highest in the world at 120 deaths per 100,000 births. Contributing to the problem is traditional birth attendants (TBAs) attend most births yet lack knowledge about obstetrical emergencies. Government trainings in existence since 1955 have not changed TBA knowledge. Government trainings are culturally insensitive because they are taught in Spanish with written material, even though most TBAs are illiterate and speak Mayan dialects...
February 17, 2018: Midwifery
Fiona Katherine McCurdie, Joanne Moffatt, Kevin Jones
Kitovu Hospital in Masaka, Uganda, is a leading obstetric fistula repair centre in the country with the highest rates of fistula in the world. In this retrospective case review, the regional incidence and causative factors were studied in patients with vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) who were admitted at Kitovu Hospital. Fistula history included severity (ICIQ score), causes and outcomes of VVF were measured. Women suffered with symptoms of VVF for an average of 4.97 years with an average ICIQ severity score of 7...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Karen Parsons, Alice Gaudine, Michelle Swab
BACKGROUND: Most developed countries throughout the world are experiencing an aging nursing workforce as their population ages. Older nurses often experience different challenges then their younger nurse counterparts. With the increase in older nurses relative to younger nurses potentially available to work in hospitals, it is important to understand the experience of older nurses on high paced hospital nursing units. This understanding will lend knowledge to ways of lessening the loss of these highly skilled experienced workers and improve patient outcomes...
March 2018: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Andrew C Faust, Emily Guy, Nidhu Baby, Anthony Ortegon
BACKGROUND: Methemoglobinemia is a well-recognized adverse drug reaction related to the use of certain local anesthetic agents. The mainstay of treatment for methemoglobinemia is i.v. methylene blue, along with provision of supplemental oxygen; however, methylene blue is listed as a category X teratogen. This poses an issue should methemoglobinemia develop during pregnancy. CASE REPORT: A 35-year-old, 20-week and 5-day gravid female was transferred from an outpatient oral surgeon's office for hypoxia...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Mark H Yazer, Nancy M Dunbar, Claudia Cohn, Jessica Dillon, Howida Eldib, Bryon Jackson, Richard Kaufman, Michael F Murphy, Kerry O'Brien, Jay S Raval, Jansen Seheult, Julie Staves, Jonathan H Waters
BACKGROUND: Bleeding emergencies can complicate pregnancies. Understanding the disposition of the products that are issued in this clinical setting can help inform inventory levels at hospitals where obstetric patients are seen. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Patients who had an obstetric hemorrhage of any etiology between January 2013 and June 2017, and whose resuscitation began with uncrossmatched red blood cells (RBCs) or emergency-issued plasma or platelets (PLT), were included...
March 7, 2018: Transfusion
Jessica Janine Liu, John Justin Matelski, Chaim M Bell
BACKGROUND: Physician ratings websites have emerged as a novel forum for consumers to comment on their health care experiences. Little is known about such ratings in Canada. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the scope and trends for specialty, geographic region, and time for online physician ratings in Canada using a national data source from the country's leading physician-rating website. METHODS: This observational retrospective study used online ratings data from Canadian physicians (January 2005-September 2013; N=640,603)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
R P Reena, K R Radha
Severe life-threatening situations leading to a "near-miss" event may arise unexpectedly in pregnancy. Delay in seeking help, delayed access to care, and poor quality of emergency obstetric services can lead to undesirable outcomes. Women meeting the WHO "near-miss" criteria were assessed using a cross-sectional study design. These women were interviewed to evaluate the circumstances leading to a near-miss event. Reasons for delays in getting proper care were studied using the "3 delays' model...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Public Health
Fabrizio Bracco, Gabriele de Tonetti, Michele Masini, Marcello Passarelli, Francesca Geretto, Danilo Celleno
Human factors are the most relevant issues contributing to adverse events in obstetrics. Specific training of Crisis Resource Management (CRM) skills (i.e., problem solving and team management, resource allocation, awareness of environment, and dynamic decision-making) is now widespread and is often based on High Fidelity Simulation. In order to be used as a guideline in simulated scenarios, CRM skills need to be mapped to specific and observable behavioral markers. For this purpose, we developed a set of observable behaviors related to the main elements of CRM in the delivery room...
March 3, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Benjamin Tang, Cameron Green, Aun Chian Yeoh, Faisal Husain, Ashwin Subramaniam
BACKGROUND: Improved life-expectancies have seen increased rates of older patients undergoing surgery worldwide. These patients are at increased risk of post-operative complications. Australian evidence is limited regarding the association between age and post-operative outcomes, especially rapid response calls (RRCs) as indicators of adverse outcomes. The aim was to compare the post-operative outcomes of older patients (≥80 years) to younger patients. Specifically, 30-day in-hospital mortality; unplanned intensive care unit (ICU) admission; and RRC activation within 72 h post-operatively...
March 6, 2018: ANZ Journal of Surgery
Cristina Mitric, Vincent Ponette
BACKGROUND: In twin pregnancies, elective cerclage placement based on obstetrical history or ultrasound findings has been shown to be ineffective and even harmful. There are currently no guidelines for the use of rescue cervical cerclage in twin pregnancies. CASE: The current report presents the case of a 33-year-old patient with monochorionic diamniotic twins (MCDA) found to have dilated cervix at 3.5cm with exposed membranes upon physical examination at 19 weeks and 3 days...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
Ashraf Talaat Youssef
INTRODUCTION: Many uncommon obstetric and gynecologic problems associated with pregnancy and the early postpartum period can lead to severe abdominal pain and be life-threatening. The patient will be in urgent need of a quick and accurate decision. The means of management will depend on the ability to differentiate between these problems to achieve an optimal diagnosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 30 pregnant females attended a private obstetric ultrasound clinic with clinical picture of acute abdomen with pregnancy...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound
Lisa Crowe, Ruth H Graham, Stephen C Robson, Judith Rankin
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to explore the perspectives of professionals around the issue of termination of pregnancy for non-lethal fetal anomaly (TOPFA). METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with medical professionals (14 consultants in fetal medicine, obstetrics, neonatology and paediatrics) and social care professionals (nine individuals with roles supporting people living with impairment) from the Northeast of England. Analysis adopted an inductive thematic approach facilitated by NVivo...
March 1, 2018: BMJ Open
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