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AFRO-NETS> RFI: Ergometrine vs. Oxytocin

  • Subject: AFRO-NETS> RFI: Ergometrine vs. Oxytocin
  • From: Dr S K Sharif <sksharif@Africaonline.co.ke>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 03:50:57 -0400 (EDT)

RFI: Ergometrine vs. Oxytocin

I would like to hear from various countries / and doctors about the
drug they use to prevent post-partum haemorrhage(PPH). In Kenya, it
is ergometrine at a dose of 500 mcg intra-muscularly after delivery
of the anterior shoulder. Oxytocin is used if there is specific con-
traindication to ergometerine. There was an editorial from the Medi-
cal Director of JHIPGO (Dr Harshad Sangavi) in the East and Central
African Journal of Obs and Gyn saying that use of ergometrine is bad
practice and may do more harm.

I would like to know what other hospitals/countries are using.

Dr S K Sharif
Provincial Medical Officer
Coast Province
Mombasa, Kenya

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