Defining peri-operative anaemia in pregnant women - challenging the status quo
MT Ferguson, AT Dennis
ANAESTHESIA | WILEY | Published : 2019
Peri-operative anaemia is a significant risk factor for morbidity and mortality. Anaemia during pregnancy is associated with adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes, and postpartum haemorrhage remains a leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. Caesarean section is an operation incurring moderate risk of bleeding, and rates are rising globally. Recent international consensus guidelines recommend targeting a pre-operative haemoglobin > 130 g.l-1 for all patients having surgery with moderate-to-high risk of bleeding, regardless of sex. It is unclear how this recommendation translates to pregnant women, where anaemia is defined at a much lower haemoglobin level of < 110 g.l-1 . Long-standin..View full abstract
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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Australia (NHMRC ECF Health Professional Fellowship)
ATD receives fellowship funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council Australia (NHMRC ECF Health Professional Fellowship APP1108598). No competing interests declared.