Swedish implements use of device that more quickly stops postpartum hemorrhage

September 25, 2023 Swedish Communications

For birthing parents experiencing post-partum hemorrhage (PPH), Swedish has implemented use of a technology system to treat the excessive bleeding. If left untreated, PPH can result in a longer postpartum recovery, surgery, including hysterectomy, or even death.

“PPH can also result in longer post-partum hospital stays or a need for blood transfusions,” says Katherine Eastwood, M.D., medical director of obstetric quality and safety for Swedish and a maternal and fetal medicine specialist. "Patients who have had a long labor, develop and infection in labor or deliver big babies are some examples of those with a higher chance of PPH.”

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States has the highest rate of maternal deaths among developed countries, with more than 11 percent of all mothers experiencing PPH. The Jada System is the first new PPH intervention to be made available in the United States in more than a decade and works by applying a gentle suction to the uterus, which helps remove blood and induce the uterus to contract and stop bleeding. Previously, patients experiencing PPH would have a silicone “balloon” inserted into their uterus and a catheter into their bladder. The new system provides immediate and crucial treatment as well and prevents the loss of valuable bonding time between new parents and their babies.

“Jada is really designed to stay in for 1 or 2 hours,” says Dr. Eastwood. "It allows patients to recover more quickly from a hemorrhage and reduces the need for blood transfusions.”

“Swedish delivers more babies than any other health system in the Puget Sound," says Dr. Eastwood. "We are committed to the health and safety of every delivering person and their baby. The introduction of the Jada System will allow patients to recover from a postpartum hemorrhage more quickly and get to focus on spending time with their baby.”

About Providence Swedish

Providence Swedish has served the Puget Sound region since the first Providence hospital opened in Seattle in 1877 and the first Swedish hospital opened in 1910. The two organizations affiliated in 2012 and today comprise the largest health care delivery system in Western Washington, with 22,000 caregivers, eight hospitals and nearly 250 clinics. A not-for-profit family of organizations, Providence Swedish provides more than $406 million in community benefit in the Puget Sound Region each year. The health system offers a comprehensive range of services and specialty and subspecialty care in a number of clinical areas, including cancer care, cardiovascular health, neurosciences, orthopedics, digestive health and women’s and children’s care.  

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