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BET 1: Intravenous tranexamic acid for the treatment of post­partum haemorrhage
  1. Catherine Coss,
  2. Matt Singh,
  3. Jeffrey Jones
  1. Spectrum Health/Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Catherine Coss; production.emj{at}


A short-cut review was carried out to see if administering tranexamic acid reduced mortality in patients with postpartum haemorrhage. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results, and study weaknesses of these papers are tabulated. Two randomised controlled trials were found, a smaller one suggesting that treatment with tranexamic acid reduced the volume of blood lost and a much larger study that showed a reduction in mortality due to bleeding in this patient group. There were no significant side effects from this treatment found in either study.

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.