“Peripartum Blood Transfusion Among Rural Women inthe United States” is an excellent example of cross-divisional research – the article was co-authored by Katie Antony, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Division of Reproductive and Population Health Director Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, and Division of Population Health members Madelyne Greene, PhD RN, Emily Schrider, PhD, and Daphne Kuo, PhD.
The study came out of a work group formed by Hartenbach and others to look at rural maternal outcomes. Before being published in the Green Journal, it was presented as an abstract at the 2019 ACOG national meeting.
The population-based retrospective cohort study evaluated peripartum transfusion rates for rural women compared with urban women in the United States. The study found that:
“The odds of blood transfusion were higher for women in rural areas. The results indicate that the rurality of the county where the birth occurred was associated with more transfusion. This may reflect differences in maternity and blood banking services in rural hospitals and warrants further study to identify opportunities for intervention.”
Read the whole paper here. Congratulations to Dr. Hartenbach and the entire publication team!