The principal objective of this work was to assess how well the written protocols of maternity units used for the prevention and management of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) corresponded to the 2004 French guidelines on this topic. The second objective was to assess whether or not this correspondence with the national guidelines varied according to hospital level (basic, specialized, and subspecialized) and status (teaching, public, and private).
This observational multicenter cross-sectional study took place in September 2010 and included French perinatal networks that volunteered to participate. We asked 300 French maternity units belonging to these networks to participate by emailing a copy of their department’s protocol for PPH to the study team. This team designed and performed a clinical audit of these protocols, defining 16 criteria that incorporated the 2004 French guidelines for prevention and management of PPH. The main outcome measure was the percentage of units reporting protocols meeting these criteria.
Of the 244 maternity units responding, 97.1 % had a written protocol but only 67.0 % had a local protocol. Protocol correspondence with the 2004 French guidelines was good for the criteria involving quantitative assessment of the quantity of blood loss (83.5 %) and secondary management of PPH (>80 %). Correspondence with the guidelines was poor in terms of defining PPH in the protocol (25.3 %) and of requiring the recording of the time of PPH diagnosis (53.2 %) and of the volume of blood loss (55.7 %). These results differed only slightly according to maternity unit status or level.
In all, 67.0 % (159/237) of maternity units had a local protocol for PPH. The contents of these protocols should be improved to be closer to the national guidelines.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : Clinical practice guidelines, Delivery, Health promotion, Postpartum hemorrhage, Protocols
Vol 50 - N° 1Article 101934- janvier 2021 Retour au numéro
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