n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Standardised maternal guideline on the management of postpartum haemorrhage : guideline

Volume 13, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0038-2329
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



This guideline was compiled for use in the Western Cape Province of South Africa by a Provincial Reference Group with contributions from staff of the health facilities and academic institutions in the province. It follows on the recommendations of the Saving Mother's Report (recommendation No. 1 - to have protocols on the management of important conditions causing maternal deaths available at all institutions). It was accredited by the Western Cape Clinical Guidelines Advisory Committee, a group established by the Provincial Government of the Western Cape to advise on matters related to the development of clinical guidelines that deal with interventions provided at all levels of care, and to accredit those guidelines that meet pre-specified standards or criteria. Professor J Volmink, director of the South African Cochrane Centre, chairs the advisory group.

The goal should be to reduce deaths due to postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) to less than 5% of the total maternal deaths.

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