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Understanding Shock as it Relates to Estimated Blood Loss*

In this workshop we will discuss the causes and manifestations of shock including understanding the difference between vasovagal syncope and hypovolemic shock. Rather than relying on subjective measurements of estimated blood loss and applying one definition of postpartum hemorrhage to all pregnant people regardless of size, we will turn to a critical care understanding of classifications of hemorrhage based on percentage of total blood volume. Using this more individualized way to determine blood loss, we will use several examples to look at how different weights can impact how much blood loss can be tolerated.

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