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Clinical ‘Pearls’ of maternal critical care

part I

Patil, Vinod; Wong, Michael; Wijayatilake, Dhuleep S.

Current Opinion in Anesthesiology: June 2016 - Volume 29 - Issue 3 - p 304–316
doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000339
OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGICAL ANESTHESIA: Edited by Marc Van de Velde
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Purpose of review This review outlines the challenges in looking after pregnant women with thromboembolism and sepsis who either become or are at risk of becoming critically ill during pregnancy.

Recent findings The Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance systems in both the USA and UK record the most common causes of maternal death as thromboembolism and sepsis. Both of these conditions have improved outcomes with timely maternal critical care provided by a multidisciplinary team.

Summary In this review, we discuss the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of thromboembolism and sepsis, two very important conditions with high mortality requiring admission to intensive care.

aDepartment of Anaesthesiology

bQueen Mary University of London

cDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

dDepartment of Intensive Care Medicine, Queen's Hospital, BHR NHS Trust, Romford, UK

Correspondence to Vinod Patil, Department of Anesthesia, BHR University Hospitals, Romford RM7 0AG, UK. Tel: +44 1708503727; e-mail: vinodpatiluk@gmail.com

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