Oxytocics for the prevention of post-partum haemorrhages
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Secale alkaloids, oxytocin and prostaglandins are used to prevent post-partum haemorrhage (post-partum haemorrhage defined as blood loss ⩾ 500 ml). Any oxytocic drug administered in the third stage of labour reduces the blood loss with approximately 40% and hence the incidence of post-partum haemorrhage from 10 to 6%. Therefore, routine active management of the third stage with an oxytocic drug is strongly advocated. Because of the fewest side-effects oxytocin is regarded as the best drug available at this moment.
KeywordsDrug stability Ergometrine Hemorrhage, postpartum/prevention and control Oxytocin Prostaglandins Risk factors Side effects
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