|Lê Kim Bá Liêm, obstetrician at Hùng Vương Hospital and the leader of its rapid response team, yesterday examined the patient who was saved thanks to the inter-hospital red alert system in HCM City. — VNS Photo Thu Hằng|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY— Obstetricians at Hùng Vương Obstetrics and Gynaecology Hospital in HCM City on Monday saved the life of a 27-year-old woman suffering from uterine inversion, a rare and fatal childbirth complication, thanks to the inter-hospital red alert.
Nguyễn Thọ Loan was admitted to the Nhà Bè District Hospital, where she delivered a 3.4kg baby boy, but the placenta did not separate normally.
Doctors there manually removed the placenta, but their efforts to separate and expel it from the uterus failed.
After 30 minutes the mother developed life-threatening bleeding and went into shock. Doctors had to activate the inter-hospital red alert to seek professional assistance.
Fifteen minutes later Hùng Vương Hospital’s rapid response team of obstetricians and nurses arrived at the Nhà Bè District Hospital and immediately began resuscitative efforts and performed life-saving surgery, Lê Kim Bá Liêm, the team leader said.
The woman had lost 3,000gm of blood and was in a coma and without a pulse; her survival chances were very low, he said.
But after three hours of resuscitative efforts and the surgery, her condition stabilised.
She was transferred to Hùng Vương Hospital for further treatment yesterday, Liêm said.
The red alert system has helped save the lives of many patients who might otherwise have died on the way to higher level hospitals, according to the doctor. — VNS