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The Role of Emergency and Elective Interventional Radiology in Postpartum Haemorrhage (Good Practice No. 6)

Published: 01/06/2007

This is the first edition of this guidance, which was developed by the RCOG, the Royal College of Radiologists and the British Society of Interventional Radiology.

The purpose of this guidance is to urge all obstetric units to consider early or prophylactic interventional radiology as an important tool in the prevention and management of postpartum haemorrhage. Arterial balloon occlusion and embolisation can prevent major blood loss, obviating the need for blood transfusion and hysterectomy. Potentially, this may reduce the need for intensive care and decrease maternal morbidity and mortality.