Factors that predict low hematocrit levels in the postpartum patient after vaginal delivery
NLM Title Abbreviation
Am J Obstet Gynecol
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to provide a viable alternative to routine postpartum hematocrit measurement, by a determination of the clinical risk factors that identify patients with anemia and an examination of the resulting cost savings. STUDY DESIGN: In this retrospective review, cases (postpartum hematocrit level, 500 mL, Hispanic ethnicity, dizziness, or third- or fourth-degree laceration were the factors that identified 82.9% of the women with hematocrit levels of 500 mL, Hispanic ethnicity, dizziness, or third- or fourth-degree laceration were the factors that identified 82.9% of the women with hematocrit levels of 500 mL, Hispanic ethnicity, dizziness, and third- or fourth-degree laceration) can safely determine the necessity of a postpartum hematocrit measurement.
Adult, Age Factors, Anemia/diagnosis/epidemiology/etiology, Blood Transfusion, Continental Population Groups, Delivery, Obstetric, Dizziness, Ethnic Groups, Female, Hematocrit, Hispanic Americans, Humans, Lacerations, Logistic Models, Postpartum Hemorrhage/complications, Pregnancy, Puerperal Disorders, Retrospective Studies, Risk Factors, Vagina/injuries
Published Article/Book Citation
The definitive version was published in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 186:4 (2002) pp.737-744.
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