Estimating blood loss after birth: Using simulated clinical examples

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dc.contributor.author Buckland, Sara en_US
dc.contributor.author Homer, Caroline en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:39:09Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-21T02:39:09Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.identifier 2006014632 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Buckland Sara and Homer Caroline 2007, 'Estimating blood loss after birth: Using simulated clinical examples', Elsevier Inc, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 85-88. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1031-170X en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/5571
dc.description.abstract AIM: To determine the accuracy of the estimation of blood loss using simulated clinical examples. SETTING: Over 100 attendees came together at a seminar about postpartum haemorrhage in June 2006. Five blood loss assessment stations were constructed, each containing a simulated clinical example. Each station was numbered and was made up of a variety of equipment used in birthing suites. Over 5L of 'artificial' blood was made. The artificial blood was similar to the colour and consistency of real blood. SAMPLE: A convenience sample of 88 participants was given a response sheet and asked to estimate blood loss at each station. Participants included midwives, student midwives and an obstetrician. RESULTS: Blood in a container (bedpan, kidney dish) was more accurately estimated than blood on sanitary pads, sheets or clothing. Lower volumes of blood were also estimated correctly by more participants than the higher volumes. DISCUSSION: Improvements are still needed in visual estimation of blood loss following childbirth. Education programs may increase the level of accuracy. CONCLUSION: We encourage other clinicians and educators to embark upon a similar exercise to assist midwives and others to improve their visual estimation of blood loss after birth. Accurate estimations can ensure that women who experience significant blood loss can receive appropriate care and the published rates of postpartum haemorrhage are correct. en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier Inc en_US
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2007.01.001 en_US
dc.rights NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Women and Birth. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Women and Birth , Volume 20, Issue 2, June 2007, Pages 85–88 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2007.01.001
dc.title Estimating blood loss after birth: Using simulated clinical examples en_US
dc.parent Women and Birth en_US
dc.journal.volume 20 en_US
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 85 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 88 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 111000 en_US
dc.personcode 02036539 en_US
dc.personcode 995146 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Nursing en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords Clinical Competence Female Humans Labor Stage, Third Midwifery New South Wales Nursing Assessment Postpartum Hemorrhage Pregnancy Problem-Based Learning Quality Assurance, Health Care en_US
dc.staffid 995146 en_US


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