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Psychosocial Needs of the Critically Ill Obstetric Patient: The Nurse's Role

Campbell, Patricia T. MSN, Med, RNC; Rudisill, Pamela T. MSN, Med, CCRN


A critically ill obstetric patient can present a challenging and rewarding experience for the nurse who is accustomed to caring for the typical intensive care unit patient. This patient population makes up a small percentage of the average daily census in adult critical care units across the country. The patient population accounts for less than 2% of admissions in the developed countries, and these patients experience a very low mortality rate. This article will describe those psychosocial needs and address the nurse's role in meeting the needs. A case study will be presented to provide specific points for focus.

Women's & Children's Services, Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC (Ms Campbell); and Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Mooresville, NC (Ms Rudisill).

Corresponding author: Patricia T. Campbell, MSN, Med, RNC, Women's & Children's Services, Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC 28233 (e-mail:

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.