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doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000000171
Obstetric Anesthesiology: Special Article

The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology Consensus Statement on the Management of Cardiac Arrest in Pregnancy

Lipman, Steven MD*; Cohen, Sheila MB, ChB, FRCA*; Einav, Sharon MD; Jeejeebhoy, Farida MD, FRCPC, FACC; Mhyre, Jill M. MD§; Morrison, Laurie J. MD, MSc, FRCPC; Katz, Vern MD; Tsen, Lawrence C. MD#; Daniels, Kay MD**; Halamek, Louis P. MD, FAAP††; Suresh, Maya S. MD‡‡; Arafeh, Julie RN, MSN§§; Gauthier, Dodi M.Ed, RNC-OB, C-EFM‖‖; Carvalho, Jose C. A. MD, PhD, FANZCA, FRCPC¶¶; Druzin, Maurice MB, BCh**; Carvalho, Brendan MBBCh, FRCA*

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This consensus statement was commissioned in 2012 by the Board of Directors of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology to improve maternal resuscitation by providing health care providers critical information (including point-of-care checklists) and operational strategies relevant to maternal cardiac arrest. The recommendations in this statement were designed to address the challenges of an actual event by emphasizing health care provider education, behavioral/communication strategies, latent systems errors, and periodic testing of performance. This statement also expands on, interprets, and discusses controversial aspects of material covered in the American Heart Association 2010 guidelines.

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