Stopping Death in Childbirth

A team in a Ghana hospital that focused on treating pregnant women with sickle cell disease reduced death rates by nearly 90%.
Women with sickle cell disease at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra were 12 times as likely to die in childbirth as women who didn’t have the disease, which is caused by a genetic mutation.

If a woman with the disease suffered serious pain or a breathing crisis, they were assigned to a ward staffed by nurses, obstetricians and blood and lung specialists who followed proven care protocols, including transfusions before Cesarean sections and breathing instructions to help prevent lung collapse.

Source: The New York Times

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