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Obstetric emergencies 

Obstetric emergencies
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Obstetric emergencies
Author(s):

Heather Baid

, Fiona Creed

, and Jessica Hargreaves

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701071.003.0016
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date: 21 September 2019

This chapter reviews the most common reasons for admitting pregnant women to critical care, the specific monitoring requirements of this patient group, and the indications for early Caesarean section. The definition, assessment, management, and complications of pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, HELPP syndrome, postpartum haemorrhage, and amniotic fluid embolism are then described. Finally, there is a section on the causes and management of cardiac arrest in pregnancy. Pregnant women who are admitted to critical care units require additional support from the midwifery or obstetric team as well as the critical care team. Throughout the chapter consideration is given to working alongside the midwifery or obstetric team, and the need for additional monitoring and emergency equipment is discussed.

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