Trauma in Pregnancy

  • Ignatius Le Roux Postma


  • All women between the ages of 10 and 50 are considered to be of child-bearing age and should have a pregnancy detection test as part of the trauma resuscitation.

  • Good understanding of the alterations in the physiology and anatomy of a pregnant woman is critical during trauma resuscitation.

  • Initial assessment and resuscitation in pregnant patients is similar to resuscitation in non-pregnant patients.

  • The foetus is physiologically dependant on the mother and is likely to have a more favourable outcome, if resuscitation is focussed on restoring normal physiological status in the mother.

  • Managing trauma in pregnancy should involve a multidisciplinary team approach including the emergency physician, trauma surgeon, obstetrician and anaesthetist.


Injury Severity Score Uterine Rupture Blunt Abdominal Trauma Foetal Mortality Gravid Uterus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalMtunziniSouth Africa

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