Risk factors and outcome analysis of post-partum haemorrhage in a tertiary care centre


  • Roopa Aravind K. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, KIMS, Hubli, Karnataka, India
  • Priya Shankar Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, KIMS, Hubli, Karnataka, India




Atonicity, Maternal mortality, PPH, Prolonged labour


Background: Maternal haemorrhage is the major cause of maternal mortality and morbidity all over the world and more so in developing countries. PPH is the commonest cause of maternal mortality in India. Identification of risk factors, early diagnosis and timely intervention can help in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity significantly. The aim of this study is to analyse the risk factors and causes and study the maternal and perinatal outcomes of PPH in North Karnataka.

Methods: It is a retrospective study of 228 patients admitted with the diagnosis of PPH, at KIMS, Hubli during 2016.

Results: Average age of the patients was 27 years. Commonest risk factor was PIH, followed by APH and prolonged labour. The commonest cause of PPH was atonicity followed by retained placenta. Majority of the patients recovered successfully with medical management. While 29 patients required Para cervical clamp. Sixteen patients underwent hysterectomy. Commonest complication was anaemia. Total maternal deaths were four; all of them were due to DIC, mostly due to late referrals.

Conclusions: Maternal mortality and morbidity due to PPH can be reduced by encouraging regular anti natal visits, timely referral of high-risk patients, training of the health personals and timely intervention. Well stocked blood banks play an important role in management of PPH.


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