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.
This Good Practice Paper was developed prior to the emergence of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
This is the first edition of this paper.
Please note that the Patient Safety Committee regularly assesses the need to update. Further information on this review is available on request.
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