Factors associated with postcesarean blood transfusion: a case control study

Amihai Rottenstreich*, Noam Regev, Gabriel Levin, Yossef Ezra, Simcha Yagel, Yishay Sompolinsky, David Mankuta, Yosef Kalish, Uriel Elchalal

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Objective: Cesarean delivery (CD) is a known risk factor for postpartum hemorrhage. However, the characteristics associated with post-CD transfusion are not well-established. We aimed to assess blood transfusion rates and associated factors following CD. Methods: A retrospective case-control study of women who underwent CD at a university hospital. The study group comprised all women who received blood transfusion following surgery. A control group of women who did not receive postoperative blood transfusion was assigned in a two-to-one ratio. Results: During study period, the overall post-CD blood transfusion rate was 4.7%. The study group comprised 170 women, and the control group 340. Maternal age (aOR [95% CI]: 1.07 (1.03, 1.11), p =.001), parity (aOR [95% CI]: 1.26 (1.09, 1.47), p =.002), gestational hypertensive disorders (aOR [95% CI]: 4.07 (1.52, 10.91), p =.005), maternal comorbidities (aOR [95% CI]: 4.16 (1.88, 9.1), p <.001), lower predelivery hemoglobin level (aOR [95% CI]: 0.43 (0.34, 0.54), p <.001), and major placental abnormalities (aOR [95% CI]: 2.74 (1.04, 7.18), p =.04) were independently associated with blood transfusion requirement. Intrapartum characteristics associated with blood transfusion requirement included nonelective procedure (aOR [95% CI]: 3.21 (1.72, 5.99), p <.001), prolonged second stage of labor (aOR [95% CI]: 5.50 (2.57, 11.78), p <.001), longer duration of surgery (aOR [95% CI]: 1.03 (1.02, 1.04), p <.001), general anesthesia (aOR [95% CI]: 2.11 (1.14, 3.91), p =.02), and greater estimated operative blood loss (aOR [95% CI]: 5.72 (3.15, 10.36), p <.001). Conclusions: Among women who underwent CD, we identified 11 factors associated with blood transfusion following surgery. Prospective studies are warranted to assess the implementations of prophylactic interventions to reduce transfusion rates among those deemed at high risk for CD-related bleeding.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)495-502
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2022

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Funding Information:
Noam Regev?s participation in this study was performed in fulfillment of the research requirements toward the MD degree. We thank Ms. Cindy Cohen for her editorial assistance. Statement of human and animal rights : All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. This study was approved by the local institutional review board of Hadassah Medical Center Helsinki Committee (IRB approval number no. HMO 543-17).

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  • Blood loss
  • blood transfusion
  • cesarean delivery
  • hemorrhage
  • postpartum
  • risk factors


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