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Obstetrical Emergency. Natalie Collins, BSN. Objectives. Quick review of normal changes Maternal Abnormalities Risks to the baby Hemorrhage Treatment Resuscitation Guidelines . Acknowledgements . Thank you to MOANA for their continuous support of the students

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obstetrical emergency

Obstetrical Emergency

Natalie Collins, BSN


Quick review of normal changes

Maternal Abnormalities

Risks to the baby



Resuscitation Guidelines

  • Thank you to MOANA for their continuous support of the students
  • Thank you to Webster University, the administration, my professors and classmates.

For Hire: Webster University Class of 2013

normal anatomical and physiological changes
Normal Anatomical and Physiological Changes
  • Hematologic
    • Dilutional Anemia
    • Increased Blood Volume
    • Hypercoaguable state
    • Decline in serum cholinesterase activity
  • Cardiovascular
    • Increased Cardiac Output
    • Supine Hypotension Syndrome
    • EKG Changes
respiratory changes
Respiratory Changes
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Lung volume changes
  • Difficult Intubations
  • Response to


uteroplacental circulation
Uteroplacental Circulation
  • At term: uterine blood flow increased
  • Factors Decreasing blood flow:
    • 1) hypotension
    • 2) Vasoconstriction
    • 3) Uterine contractions
  • Altered drug responses
  • Placental Transfer of drugs
  • Ephedrine and Neosynephrine
  • Local Anesthetics
prevalence of cesarean births
Prevalence of Cesarean Births
  • Caesarean section rates on the rise
  • Multiple reasons for the drastic increase
major indications for cesarean section
Major indications for Cesarean section
  • Labor unsafe for mother and fetus
    • Increased risk of uterine rupture
      • Previous classic cesarean section
      • Previous extensive myomectomy or uterine reconstruction

-Increased risk of maternal hemorrhage

      • Complete or marginal placental previa
      • Placenta abruption
      • Previous vaginal reconstruction
maternal risks
Maternal Risks
  • Dystocia
  • Increased heart rate or blood pressure
  • Hemorrhage due to placental and uterine abnormalities
  • Infection
  • Multip
  • Repeat C-section
fetal complications
Fetal complications
  • Decelerations
  • Macrosomia
  • Fetal scalp pH <7.20
  • Amniotic fluid problems
immediate or emergent delivery
Immediate or emergent delivery
  • Fetal distress
  • Umbilical cord prolapse
  • Maternal hemorrhage
  • Amnionitis
  • Genital herpes with ruptured membranes
  • Impending maternal death
fetal monitoring
Fetal Monitoring
  • Baseline fetal heart rate 120-160
  • Decreased vs Increased fetal heart rate
  • Variability
when is the decision made for an emergency c section
When is the decision made for an emergency C-section?
  • Collaborative effort
  • Differences in opinion of appropriate Decision to Delivery Interval (DDI)
  • Increased risk of hemorrhage
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Classification of Urgency of Casearean RiskGood Practice (11).
what has to be done between decision to deliver and delivery
What has to be done between decision todeliver and delivery

Informed consent:

  • Consent form signed

Intravenous access

  • Blood samples to be taken
  • Blood forms to be filled in
  • Bloods to laboratory
  • Intravenous fluids running
  • Premedication to be got from drug cupboard
  • Premedication drawn up
  • Premedication injected

Anaesthetist informed

  • Operating department assistant informed
  • Consultant to be informed
  • Anaesthetist to arrive
  • Operating department assistant to arrive
  • Intravenous lines to be secured
  • Fetal scalp clip to be removed

Theatre to be set:

  • Scrub nurse to scrub
  • Packs to be opened
  • Sutures to be opened

Woman to be moved to theatre:

  • Woman to be moved on to theatre table


  • Spinal drugs to be drawn up

Monitoring to be attached

  • Spinal anaesthesia
  • Wait for block to work:

Paediatrician to be present



Surgeons to scrub

  • Skin preparation
  • Skin incision

Peritoneum opened

Uterine incision

indications for general anesthesia
Indications for General Anesthesia
  • Fetal distress without epidural in place
  • Acute maternal hypovolemia
  • Coagulopathy
  • Inadequate regional anesthesia
  • Maternal refusal of regional anesthesia
general anesthesia
General Anesthesia
  • 15% of all C-sections
  • Aspiration risk
  • Attach monitors, place parturient in left uterine displacement, preoxygenate, wait until surgeon is ready to cut.
  • Difficult airway preparation
  • RSI
general anesthesia1
General Anesthesia
  • Agents

Propofol 2.5mg/kg

Succinylcholine 1-1.5mg/kg

  • Inhalational Maintenance
  • After delivery medications
  • Extubate Awake!
frequency of postpartum hemorrhage in maternal mortality
Frequency of Postpartum Hemorrhage in Maternal Mortality
  • 10.5% of all live births are associated with obstetrical hemorrhage.
  • Primary and Secondary hemorrhage
  • 7 year study
placental and uterine abnormalities
Placental and Uterine Abnormalities
  • Antepartum Hemorrhage

-Placenta Previa

-Placenta Abruption

-Uterine Rupture


Post Partum Hemorrhage

-Accreta, Increta, Percreta

-Uterine Atony

-Acute Uterine Inversion

uterotonic medications
Uterotonic Medications
  • Pitocin
  • Ergot Alkaloids
  • Prostaglandins

Uterine Massage

prostaglandin f2 alpha
Prostaglandin F2 Alpha
  • Prostaglandin F2 alpha can be given locally or intramyometrially with a recommended dose of 250mcg.
  • Side effects are similar
  • 2000 Cochrane Review
invasive treatments
Invasive Treatments
  • Retained placenta removal
  • Balloon tamponade
  • Arterial embolization
  • Uterine compression sutures
fluid resuscitation
Fluid resuscitation
  • Susceptibility of massive blood loss
  • When to transfuse
  • What about crystalloids?
  • Hemorrhagic changes in coagulopathy
  • Cations
  • Cell Salvage
  • Identify risks for hemorrhage
  • Be prepared for general anesthesia in all situations
  • Intervene early to reduce complications
  • Effective communications with team members and obstetrician during all emergencies.
thank you
Thank you!


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