Giving birth should not be the end of a mother’s life, but there are many complications related to this beautiful process of giving birth. One of the risks is uncontrolled bleeding post-delivery, called postpartum hemorrhage.
Postpartum Hemorrhage or PPH is a condition of heavy bleeding after delivery. It is just as serious as it is rare. It is usually after the day of giving birth, but it is likely to happen upto 12 weeks after having the baby.
1-5 in 100 women suffer from postpartum hemorrhage Or According to the National Library of Medicine, globally, PPH is the leading cause of maternal deaths and is responsible for 25% of deaths annually.
Losing a significant amount of blood post-delivery is normal. For example, a mother would lose about half a quarter of blood during vaginal birth and one-quarter after cesarean delivery. But with postpartum hemorrhage, the woman would lose much more blood than this, making it a dangerous condition. PPH does not only cause excess bleeding, but it also causes a severe dip in blood pressure, shock, organ failure, and death.
What are the conditions that cause PPH during labor and birth?
Cesarian or C-section:
A c-section is surgery in which your baby is born through a cut that your doctor makes in your belly and uterus (womb).
Blood clotting disorders
Blood disorders like hemophilia, where the person lacks blood clotting proteins can be a great threat during vaginal or cesarian deliveries.
A cut or tear in the vagina or cervix also causes PPH. The tear can be more than one reason the tear- the baby is large, the baby is born too quickly, or you may have an episiotomy that tears.
Tear in a blood vessel in the uterus:
The blood vessels would bleed freely if the uterus does not contract strongly enough. This could be a common cause of PPH.
Postpartum hemorrhage is potentially life-threatening, but it is also preventable. It is proven that an excellent hemostatic agent can help minimize blood loss, and reduce blood transfusions, hysterectomies, ICU stay, and maternal deaths.
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SeraSeal™ is the World’s ONLY Primary Hemostatic Agent, which stops major hemorrhages in seconds, even in anticoagulant therapy or factor deficiencies, without the need for ANY of the traditional applications of pressure, elevation, tourniquets, or cauterization.
During childbirth, Cesarean section (CS) surgeries, average blood loss has been observed as 500-1500 ml (1-3 units of blood). The uterus is perfused at 500-750 ml/min, resulting in an average blood loss of approximately 1000 ml (2 units). Vaginal delivery blood loss averages 500 ml; Vaginal delivery with episiotomy and forceps averages 555 ml (11% higher) and Postpartum hemorrhage around 1-5%. Typically blood transfusion is required where there is a blood loss of 2 or more units.
Therefore, on an average of 70,000 deliveries/day in India and 40% of deliveries being CS, then SeraSeal™ would save 28,000 units of blood/day. This is considerable cost savings and a significant risk reduction for the patient.
Statistically, approximately 25% of women have a pelvic floor disorder, and 1 in 5 (20%) will have surgery, such as hysterectomy, ovariectomy, dilatation, curettage (D& C), polypectomy, and more. Therefore, In India, where 45% are women, this translates into 52+million of gynecological surgical cases annually where SeraSeal™ can be used.