|July 2008 · Vol. 20, No. 07
Consider retroperitoneal packing for postpartum hemorrhage
For intractable bleeding, this technique, borrowed from pelvic trauma surgery, allows you to stabilize the patient until her underlying injury can be addressed
Hysterectomy should be a last resort for postpartum hemorrhage, with the knowledge that bleeding may continue after the procedure
The technique allows immediate stabilization of the patient until underlying injury can be addressed
Dr. Fulton is Chief of General Surgery at Baynes-Jones Army Community Hospital in Fort Polk, La.MAJ James
Dr. Oyekan is Chief of the Department of Gynecologic Services at Baynes-Jones Army Community Hospital in Fort Polk, La.
The authors report no financial relationships relevant to this article.