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Obstetric Disorders in the ICU 

Obstetric Disorders in the ICU
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Obstetric Disorders in the ICU
Author(s):

Andrew Levinson

and Ghada Bourjeily

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199600830.003.0367
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date: 01 August 2021

Critical illness in pregnancy is a rare, but potentially catastrophic event for the mother and foetus. A thorough understanding of the effective management practices for the most common obstetrical reasons for ICU admission is essential for providing effective critical care to women in the ante-partum and immediate post-partum period. Some of the most common reasons for the need for critical care in the peripartum and post-partum period include venous thromboembolism, post-partum haemorrhage, amniotic fluid embolism, ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, and obstetric sepsis. Management of these conditions should focus on choosing the most effective diagnostic and therapeutic measures for the mother, while focusing on minimizing foetal harm, accounting for physiological changes that may affect diagnostic strategies and pharmacokinetics.

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