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The Obstetric Patient in Intensive Care: Causes of Admission and Important Considerations

  • V. A. Robson
  • J. A. Crowhurst
  • S. J. Brett
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Abstract

The critically ill obstetric patient provides a unique clinical challenge to the intensive care physician, in view of the alterations of maternal physiology which occur in pregnancy and the puerperium, the presence of the foetus and the occurrence of diseases and complications specific to pregnancy. Intensive care admission is necessary for a small number of pregnant or postnatal women. This chapter reviews the causes of admission to intensive care (ICU) and some of the critical care issues related to the care of the obstetric patient.

Keywords

Maternal Death Pregnancy Induce Hypertension Obstetric Patient External Cephalic Version Amniotic Fluid Embolism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. A. Robson
    • 1
  • J. A. Crowhurst
    • 1
  • S. J. Brett
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive CareHammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s HospitalLondonUK

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