Trauma during pregnancy: predicting pregnancy outcome
The pregnant trauma victim presents a unique challenge to the resuscitating physician because two patients are being treated. Trauma is the most frequent nonobstetric cause of death in the gravid patient, occuring in about 7% of all pregnancies. As pregnancy progresses, gait instability secondary to pelvic ligamentous laxity, increasing abdominal protuberance, and shifting of the center of gravity contribute to an increased risk of trauma. This risk is well recognized and has prompted a systematic approach to the treatment of the injured pregnant patient.
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.