A new discovery recently revealed that a drug that is used for controlling profuse bleeding can be a life savior for thousands of mothers undergoing child birth.
A trial was held all over the world to see the results of this drug and it was found that the number of deaths caused by excessive bleeding while giving birth to a child was reduced by one-third. The trial included 20,000 women across 21 countries, primarily in Asia and Africa and was carried out by the School of Tropical medicine and Hygiene in London. The name of the drug is tranexamic acid and the cost of this drug is very nominal. The doctors have said that it is not going to result in any serious or harmful side effects to either the mother or the child.
This drug was developed by the scientists of Japan in the year 1960 for the first time. However, no detailed research of this drug had been carried out. The drug will now be used for the treatment of mothers during excessive bleeding that is caused at the time of child birth, which is known as postpartum hemorrhage.
The World Health Organization had carried out a survey that showed that postpartum hemorrhage is the most significant and leading cause of maternal death all over the world. Each year, about 1,00,000 women or more die because of this condition.
This drug works as it stops the blood clots from breaking down after a woman gives birth to the child. Using this drug will also prevent the doctors from performing any sort of surgery to find out the source of the bleeding that takes place.
The drug gives the best results when it is given to the mother within 3 hours from the time she begins the process of labor.
Now that it has been proven that the drug is a boon for saving deaths occurring from postpartum hemorrhage, the next step is to educate all the nurses as well as doctors about its usage and effects.