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Obstetrics and Gynaecology 

Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Author(s):

Rachel Collis

, Rebecca Jones

, and Sarah O’Neill

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198809821.003.0008
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date: 28 January 2022

In low-resource settings, obstetrics and gynaecology frequently forms a large part of the anaesthetist’s workload. The chapter serves both as an aide-memoire for those who are not regular practitioners in obstetric anaesthesia and as a guide to adapting your practice in low-resource settings. It contains practical advice on analgesia in labour and anaesthesia for Caesarean section, including spinal, general anaesthesia, and local anaesthesia techniques. It contains advice on drug alternatives in the absence of commonly used obstetric drugs, e.g. spinal bupivacaine. There are also sections on management of pre-eclampsia and obstetric haemorrhage, both of which are commonly encountered in low-resource settings. Neonatal resuscitation and non-obstetric surgery in the pregnant patient are also covered.

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