The Obstetric Patient in Intensive Care: Causes of Admission and Important Considerations
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.
KeywordsMaternal Death Pregnancy Induce Hypertension Obstetric Patient External Cephalic Version Amniotic Fluid Embolism
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.
- 1.Department of Heath (1998) Why mothers die. Report on Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom 1994-1996. HMSO, LondonGoogle Scholar
- 2.Department of Heath (1996) Report on Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom 1991-1993. HMSO, LondonGoogle Scholar
- 3.Department of Heath (1993) Report on Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom 1988-1990. HMSO, LondonGoogle Scholar
- 11.Rowen K, Goldfrad C (2000) Obstetric admissions to the case mix programme. Presentation at Intensive Care Society Spring Meeting 2000 and Personal CommunicationGoogle Scholar
- 20.Hogg B, Hauth JC (2000) Intensive Care Unit Utilization During Pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol 95: 62SGoogle Scholar
- 25.Thorburn J, Reid J (1996) Physiology of pregnancy and the placenta. In Prys-Roberts C, Brown BR (ed) International Practice of Anaesthesia. Butterworth Heinemann, OxfordGoogle Scholar
- 30.Resuscitation Council (UK) and European Resuscitation Council (2000) Advanced Life Support Manual 4th edition. Resuscitation Council (UK) and European Resuscitation Council, LondonGoogle Scholar