Table 4

Types of management by severity of abortion-related complications†

Severity of abortion-related complications
Total (n=13 657)Severe maternal outcomes (n=323)Potentially life-threatening complications (n=957)Moderate (n=7953)Mild (n=4424)
Uterotonics*9071 (66.4)176 (54.5)663 (69.3)5670 (71.3)2562 (57.9)
Misoprostol only2055 (22.7)33 (18.8)117 (17.7)1293 (22.8)612 (23.9)
Misoprostol and ergometrine154 (1.7)06 (0.9)110 (1.9)38 (1.5)
Oxytocin only4622 (50.9)94 (53.4)353 (53.2)2749 (48.5)1426 (55.7)
Oxytocin and ergometrine463 (5.1)3 (1.7)40 (6.0)392 (6.9)28 (1.1)
Ergometrine346 (3.8)7 (3.9)26 (3.9)192 (3.4)121 (4.7)
Misoprostol and oxytocin1102 (12.2)30 (17.1)98 (14.8)673 (11.9)301 (11.8)
Misoprostol, oxytocin and ergometrine291 (3.2)9 (5.1)22 (3.3)230 (4.1)30 (1.2)
Other38 (0.4)01 (0.2)31 (0.6)6 (0.2)
Uterine evacuation*10 555 (77.3)188 (58.2)755 (78.9)6081 (76.5)3531 (79.9)
Manual vacuum aspiration (MVA)8124 (76.9)136 (72.3)544 (72.1)4823 (79.3)2621 (74.2)
Dilation and curettage (D&C) Only2125 (20.1)48 (25.5)185 (24.5)1065 (17.5)827 (23.4)
Both MVA and D&C56 (0.5)1 (0.5)8 (1.1)36 (0.6)11 (0.3)
Other250 (2.4)3 (1.6)18 (2.4)157 (2.6)72 (2.0)
Blood transfusion*1129 (8.3)179 (55.4)461 (48.2)368 (4.6)121 (2.7)
1 unit570 (51.6)65 (36.9)218 (47.6)214 (60.8)73 (61.9)
2 units365 (33.1)62 (35.2)171 (37.3)96 (27.3)36 (30.5)
3 units or more169 (15.3)49 (27.8)69 (15.1)42 (11.9)9 (7.6)
Surgical procedures*121 (0.88)40 (12.4)41 (4.3)19 (0.24)21 (0.47)
Laparoscopy3 (2.5)003 (15.8)0
Exploratory laparotomy92 (76.0)24 (60.0)40 (97.6)14 (73.7)14 (66.7)
Hysterectomy26 (21.5)16 (40.0)1 (2.4)2 (10.5)7 (33.3)
Antibiotics received for prophylaxis or treatment*12 215 (89.5)6516 (90.3)3576 (89.4)7205 (90.6)3794 (85.8)
Admission to intensive care unit*77 (0.6)38 (11.8)20 (2.1)10 (0.1)9 (0.2)
  • *P<0.0001.

  • †Not mutually exclusive.