EUPHRATES trial - trial of blood collector bag in third stage of labour
The aim of this EU project was to tackle the problem of obstetric haemorrhage by a multi-mode approach. Obstetric haemorrhage is still responsible for maternal deaths and severe morbidity in Europe. The project had several aims: (a) to document current clinical practice in relation to management of the third stage of labour and the management of established haemorrhage, (b) to establish a consensus on minimal management, (c) mount a randomised controlled trial of a blood-collecting device to be used at the time of delivery to accurately measure blood loss and (d) and (e) establish websites for clinicians and women respectively. These activities are now finished and reports of the survey of practice and the consensus statement have been published. The report of the randomised controlled trial has been published in the BMJ.
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