Care of the Critically Ill Pregnant Patient

  • Alexandra Edwards
  • Wendy F. Hansen


Care for the injured or critically ill pregnant woman requires a multidisciplinary approach. Over the past decades, care for the pregnant woman and fetus has changed tremendously. The fetus is now viewed as a patient, which can be intervened upon. Maternal care has progressed to preventing morbidity and mortality through anticipation of complications. In this chapter, we focus on the most common clinical challenges in caring for the critically ill obstetric patient.


Obstetric Maternal Fetus Physiology Hemorrhage Trauma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Kentucky College of MedicineLexingtonUSA

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