Critical Care in Pregnancy

  • Kate C. Arnold
  • Caroline J. Flint


Pregnancy causes expansion of blood volume which, while adaptive, can also cause a delay in the recognition of significant hemorrhage. The critically ill pregnant patient requires thorough knowledge of physiologic changes that are normal during pregnancy. Logistics of their care may require a multidisciplinary approach [1].


Critical care Physiology of pregnancy ICU Maternal transfer 


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    Gabbe SG, Niebyl JR, Simpson JL, Landon MB, Galan HL, Jauniaux ERM, Driscoll DA. Obstetrics: normal and problem pregnancies, Chapter 24. 6th ed.. Philadelphia, Elsevier. 2012.Google Scholar
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    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin no. 170: critical care in pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2016;128:e147–54.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate C. Arnold
    • 1
  • Caroline J. Flint
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of OB/GYNUniversity of Oklahoma HSCOklahoma CityUSA

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