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Uterine balloon tamponade found safe in postpartum hemorrhage

Key clinical point: A review of the international evidence base for uterine balloon tamponade (UBT) for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) found it an overall safe and efficacious procedure.

Major finding: Of 90 studies that reported efficacy data for UBT, the procedure had overall success of 85.9% in treating PPH.

Study details: Systematic review and meta-analysis of 91 studies involving 4,729 women who sustained PPH.

Disclosures: The senior author is a board member of the nonprofit organization Ujenzi Charitable Trust, which received Food and Drug Administration approval for the “Every Second Matters–Uterine Balloon Tamponade” device. Dr. Suarez reported that he had no financial conflicts of interest. The authors reported that there were no external sources of funding for the research.


Suarez S et al. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Jan 6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2019.11.1287.