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Committee Opinion No. 726: Hospital Disaster Preparedness for Obstetricians and Facilities Providing Maternity Care

This Committee Opinion was developed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Obstetric Practice in collaboration with committee member Alfred G. Robichaux, MD; the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health, liaison member Nathaniel DeNicola, MD, MSc; and Richard H. Beigi, MD

Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: June 2018 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 85–86
doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000532279.90472.30
Mechanisms, Equipment, Hazards

(Obstet Gynecol. 2017;130(6):e291–e297)

Large-scale catastrophic events or disasters cause evacuation of as many as 20 hospitals per year. In general, health care institutions play an important role in effective disaster mitigation planning. However, the obstetric population is unique and particularly vulnerable to patient volume surge, unpredictable resource use, infectious disease, and trauma. Obstetric units and their associated patient populations thereby warrant special consideration in the event of a disaster. New publications from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) have highlighted the importance of disaster preparedness through the definition of specific levels of maternity care and protocols specific to obstetric triage.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC

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