Use of Antibiotics in Pregnant Patients in the ICU

  • Josep-E. Baños
  • Magí Farré


The critically sick pregnant patient challenges the intensive care physician. Several features, such physiological changes associated with pregnancy, specific obstetric diseases and the presence of the fetus greatly complicate the assessment and treatment of these patients [1]. Several studies have analyzed obstetric admissions to the intensive care unit ICU [1–10]. They conclude that less than 1% of deliveries is referred to the ICU, mainly by preeclampsia, and maternal mortality may be highly variable (from 0 in the study of Lapinsky et al. [1] to 20% in Collop and Sahn’s study [6]). Bacterial infections were a significant, although not highly prevalent, cause of sickness in these critically ill patients.


Pregnant Woman Obstet Gynecol Amniotic Fluid Antimicrob Agent Pregnant Patient 
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