Health Desk—April 27, 2017: A cheap drug has been shown to stop postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), in a discovery that should change practice around the world, say researchers.
Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), popularly known as Postpartum bleeding, is often defined as the loss of more than 500 ml or 1,000 ml of blood within the first 24 hours following childbirth.
The PPH is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide. Every year, 100,000 women die from massive bleeding in the moments after giving birth.
But an international study, in the Lancet, suggests "tranexamic acid" could cut that by a third.
Postpartum haemorrhage is the biggest cause of death during pregnancy and early motherhood. It found tranexamic acid cut deaths by a fifth overall and by 31% in those given the drug within three hours of birth.
Prof Ian Roberts, one of the researchers, said, "We've got an important result. "We found an inexpensive drug, given in a single shot, that reduces the risk of bleeding to death, and it should play a role in reducing maternal mortality around the world,’ he said.
However, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it would update its recommendations for treating PPH treatment.