Measuring and communicating blood loss during obstetric hemorrhage

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. Jul-Aug 2012;41(4):551-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01375.x. Epub 2012 Apr 30.


Accurate quantification of blood loss is an essential skill necessary to prevent maternal morbidity and mortality associated with obstetric hemorrhage. Visual estimation of blood has been consistently shown to be extremely inaccurate. The nurse plays a pivotal role in quantifying blood loss after birth, recognizing triggers, mobilizing needed interventions, and providing essential communication.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Nursing Research
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nursing Assessment / methods
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage / diagnosis*
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage / nursing
  • Pregnancy