• Improving patient blood management in obstetrics - 2019 update

    Anaemia is a common medical problem in pregnancy and continues to be a prominent global women's health issue. The most common cause is iron deficiency (ID). Antenatal ID/IDA is associated with an increased use of red blood cell transfusion postpartum. Triggered by the increasing recognition of the cost of blood and risks of transfusion, newer approaches to patient blood management (PBM) have led to clinical practice improvements to focus on ID/IDA in pregnancy to minimise postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) and reliance on transfusion as salvage therapy. The speakers will take you through maternity blood management, postpartum haemorrhage, and blood transfusion in Australia and the Solomon Islands.


    Presentation 1:Minimising postpartum haemorrhage and blood transfusion - a focus on iron deficiency in pregnancy
    Dr Elske Posma, Head of Obstetrics, Western Health
    Presentation 2:Postpartum haemorrhage and the Solomon Islands
    Dr Aggie Kujawa, General Practice Obstetrics Registrar, Leongatha
    Presentation 3:Improving blood management in obstetrics - clinical practice improvement partnerships
    Dr Cindy Flores, Transfusion Policy and Education Project Officer, Australian Red Cross Blood Service


    Learning outcomes:

    • Describe practice improvement partnerships to improve iron deficiency and anaemia detection and management in pregnancy

    • Explore the development of practice improvement tools and their contribution to systemic change in a health service

    • Minimising postpartum haemorrhage and blood transfusion - a focus on iron deficiency in pregnancy

      Presentation 1:Minimising postpartum haemorrhage and blood transfusion - a focus on iron deficiency in pregnancy
      Dr Elske Posma, Head of Obstetrics, Western Health
    • Postpartum haemorrhage and the Solomon Islands

      Presentation 2:Postpartum haemorrhage and the Solomon Islands
      Dr Aggie Kujawa, General Practice Obstetrics Registrar, Leongatha
    • Improving blood management in obstetrics - clinical practice improvement partnerships

       Presentation 3:Improving blood management in obstetrics - clinical practice improvement partnerships
      Dr Cindy Flores, Transfusion Policy and Education Project Officer, Australian Red Cross Blood Service
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