n South African Medical Journal - Issues in medicine : haemorrhage associated with caesarean section in South Africa - be aware : forum

Volume 101, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The National Committee for Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths (NCCEMD), which since 1998 has produced triennial reports of maternal deaths in South Africa, has identified the increasing rate of haemorrhage during and after caesarean section (CS) as a problem. Obstetric haemorrhage is the third most common cause of maternal death, accounting for 491 of the total 3 959 deaths in 2005 - 2007, but constitutes one of the most avoidable causes of maternal death, over 80% of cases being thought to be 'clearly avoidable'.

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