BackTable / OBGYN / Podcast / Episode #4
IR/OB Collaboration in Treating Postpartum Hemorrhage
with Dr. Roxane Rampersad and Dr. Anthony Shanks
On this episode, BackTable VI host Dr. Christopher Beck shares the mic with two Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists, Drs. Roxane Rampersad at Washington University and Tony Shanks at Indiana University, to discuss cross-specialty management of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) between OBGYN and interventional radiology (IR).
BackTable, LLC (Producer). (2022, November 15). Ep. 4 – IR/OB Collaboration in Treating Postpartum Hemorrhage [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.backtable.com
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Dr. Roxane Rampersad
Dr. Roxane Rampersad is a professor and practicing OBGYN with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Dr. Anthony Shanks
Dr. Anthony Shanks is a professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology with the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Christopher Beck
Dr. Chris Beck is a practicing interventional radiologist with Regional Radiology Group in New Orleans.
To set the stage, Drs. Rampersad and Shanks explain the definition of PPH based on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines. They further describe the differences between early / acute versus late blood loss, in addition to the most common etiologies using the “Four T’s” pneumonic: tone, trauma, tissue, thrombin. Drs. Rampersad and Shanks then describe their approach to the workup and management of PPH. The group discusses topics such as uterine massage, oxytocin, hemabate / methergine, tamponade (e.g. Bakri balloon, the JADA System), embolization, and hysterectomy.
The physicians then describe the role of cross-specialty collaboration between OBGYN and IR, specifically in the management of PPH. When highlighting the role of IR, Dr. Beck describes how he counsels patients for uterine artery embolization (UAE), and he provides an anecdote regarding a repeat UAE. He also shares his perspective with utilization of gel foam versus coils. The group then transitions to describe diagnosis and management of placenta accreta spectrum (PAS), its association with PPH, and the role of radiology in this disease process.
Lastly, Drs. Rampersad and Shanks allude to what the future may hold for PPH, including more personalized medicine and potential technologies to prevent PAS. The group ends the episode by providing IR colleagues with insight to what may strengthen the collaboration between OBGYN and IR in order to provide optimal care for patients with PPH.
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Bienstock RM, Eke AC and Hueppchen NA; Postpartum Hemorrhage. New England Journal of Medicine 2021 Vol. 384 Issue 17 Pages 1635-1645. Accession Number: 33913640 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1513247.
ACOG Postpartum Hemorrhage:
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