Comparing Blood Loss During Caesarean Section Between Manual Separation of Placenta & Conservative Management

2015-06-25 05:38:22 | BioPortfolio


to compare the blood loss during caesarean section between two different methods of separating the placenta after fetal extraction, keeping in mind that most blood loss occurs after placental separation.


We are planning a study of a continuous response variable from independent control and experimental subjects with 1 control(s) per experimental subject. In a previous study1 the response within each subject group was normally distributed with standard deviation up to 272. If the true difference in the experimental and control means is 37, we will need to study 249 experimental subjects and 249 control subjects to be able to reject the null hypothesis that the population means of the experimental and control groups are equal with probability (power) 0.8. The Type I error probability associated with this test of this null hypothesis is 0.5. To allow for 10% drop, the sample on each arm will be increased to 274.

After approval of the ethical & scientific committee of the obstetrics & gynecology department, Kasr Alainy Hospital, Cairo University. A randomized controlled trial involving 548 patients will be undertaken in which, all patients will be randomized in to two groups, with a closed envelope system containing equal number allocations for both groups (1:1 bias) by the operating room nurse. Informed consent will be taken from all patients before caesarean section.

Group A will contain 274 patients in which manual separation of the placenta will be done immediately after fetal extraction & cord clamping, where the fingers of the surgeon will be insinuated between the margin of the placenta and the uterine cavity, then by sawing movement and controlled traction by the other hand till placenta is separated from the uterine cavity. Group B will also contain 274 patients but following fetal extraction and cord clamping, the placenta will be left insitu & uterus is massaged awaiting spontaneous placental separation.

In both groups a uterotonic agent Oxytocin 5IU( syntocinon® Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, New Jersey) will be given I.V in 250 ml ringer solution immediately after cord clamping, and the uterus is exteriorized,& the caesarean is performed by surgeons of equal training level (Senior residants). Any serious tears or extensions into the lower uterine segment, along with any major bleeding points on the suture line will be repaired before attending to the placenta in both groups to prevent any serious blood loss before placental separation, which will cause the results to be biased & increase the risk of major hemorrhage for the patient. The blood lost will be measured by recording the fluid in the suction apparatus before and after placental separation, keeping in mind that most fluid in the apparatus before fetal extraction was amniotic fluid and therefore will be deducted from the total. The net amount of fluid in the suction apparatus will be added the volume of fluid collected from blood soaked sterilized towels used after fetal extraction and the under buttocks drapes placed under the patient.

The volume of fluid collected in soaked materials will be calculated according to (2) AWHONN Practice Brief Number 1, where the dry weight of these materials in grams before the operation is recorded and subtracted from the soaked weight & converted to milliliters. The net weight will be calculated through the following equation WET Item Gram Weight - DRY Item Gram Weight = Milliliters of Blood within the item. (2) Descriptive data was recorded along with blood loss after placental separation, and the time taken for placenta to spontaneously separate in group B. Preoperative & 6 hour postoperative hemoglobin will be recorded in both groups. All statistical calculations were done using computer program SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Science; SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA) release 15 for Microsoft Windows (2006). PS Power and Sample size calculations software, version 2.1.30 for MS windows, was used to calculate sample size (Dupont & Vanderbilt, USA)


1. Gol M, Baloglu A, Aydin C, Ova L, Yensel U, Karci L.(2004): Does manual removal of the placenta affect operative blood loss during cesarean section? Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2004 Jan 15;112(1):57-60.

2. AWHONN Practice Brief (2014): Quantification of Blood Loss: AWHONN Practice Brief Number 1. JOGNN, 00, 1-3; 2014. DOI: 10.1111/1552-6909.12519.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention




manual seperation of the placenta, Conservative separation of placenta


Garden City




Kasr El Aini Hospital

Results (where available)

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