RCOG 2017

Pre-Congress Workshops & Breakfast Sessions

Pre-Congress Workshops



Time: 13:30 - 17:00
Co-convenors: Sue Fawcus and Stefan Gebhard
Faculty: Ben Gaunt, Neil Moran, Justus Hofmeyr and Gerhard Theron


The workshop will have a brief introduction outlining the problem of PPH in both high resource and low resource settings. It will then have a debate on the controversial issue of appropriate uterotonic usage at caesarean section with anaesthetists and obstetricians. There will be a session on usage of blood products which will both try to address what is feasible and available in low resource settings and what is the latest haematologist approach to replacing blood components. There will be a session discussing what essential surgical skills should be available for managing PPH at rural district hospitals and how to train appropriately to ensure safe Caesarean delivery at district level. There will be a session on how to approach management of women suspected to have a morbidly adherent placenta; and also one on new technologies for managing PPH. The final 30 mins will be an optional practical skills session in which participants will rotate through skills stations with models on uterine compression sutures, uterine artery ligation, balloon tamponade etc.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand magnitude and nature of PPH as a problem in poor and well-resourced settings
  2. To learn about current approach to safe effective use of uterotonic agents at caesarean section
  3. To review appropriate use of blood products for massive haemorrhage in different settings
  4. To learn about existing and new surgical interventions for PPH and to practice some on models


13:30 - 13:45 Setting the scene: Global trends in mortality and morbidity from postpartum haemorrhage Sabartnam Arulkumaran
13:45 - 14:15 Debate on which uterotonics to give at Caesarean Section

View from an Obstetrician

View from an Anaesthetist

Justus Hofmeyr

Robert Dyer

14:15 - 14:45 How should blood products be given?

View from an Obstetrician

View from a Haematologist

Stefan Gebhard

Charlotte Ingram

14:45 - 15:00 Essential surgical skills for managing PPH and ensuring safe caesarean delivery in rural district hospitals

View from the SA Confidential Enquiry

View from a Provincial Obstetrician

View from a Rural Doctor

Sue Fawcus

Neil Moran

Ben Gaunt

15:00 - 15:15 Tea | Coffee Break
15:15 - 15:35 Managing morbidly adherent placenta Phil Steer
15:35 - 16:15 New technologies and drugs for PPH Gerhard Theron, Justus Hofmeyr
16:15 - 17:00 Practicing skills session demonstration of new uterine suction haemostatic devices and other skills Vasudeva Panicker, Sabartnam Arulkumaran, Sue Fawcus, Stefan Gebhard

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