Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care / Edition 1

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Technological advances are furthering the level of care that is possible in the growing field of high dependency care in obstetrics, which increases the likelihood of a favorable outcome for both mother and baby. However, knowledge in this field of critical and high-dependency care is well behind the current state of the art, which can lead to missed opportunities and unnecessarily tragic outcomes. The authors are aware of the glaring gaps in knowledge and provide concise practical guidance, with flow charts and algorithms, to guide best practice in this important field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405178211
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/19/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

David Vaughan, MBBS FRCA,  Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex, UK

Neville Robinson, MB Ch B FRCA Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex, UK

Nuala Lucas, MBBS FRCA Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex, UK

Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, MD, PhD, DCH, FRCS,FRCOG, FAMS, St. George's Hospital, London, UK

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Table of Contents

List of abbreviations

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Chapter 1 Morbidity and mortality in the parturient 1

Chapter 2 The maternity high dependency unit 13

Part I Emergency care 27

Chapter 3 Emergency management of the obstetric patient - general principles 29

Chapter 4 Maternal and neonatal resuscitation 41

Part II Clinical problems 47

Chapter 5 Headache 49

Chapter 6 The collapsed patient 53

Chapter 7 Convulsions 59

Chapter 8 The breathless patient 63

Chapter 9 The wheezy mother 69

Chapter 10 Low oxygen saturation and oxygen therapy 71

Chapter 11 Understanding arterial blood gases 77

Chapter 12 The abnormal chest X-ray 81

Chapter 13 Chest pain 83

Chapter 14 Abnormal heart rate, rhythm or ECG findings 87

Chapter 15 High blood pressure 95

Chapter 16 Low blood pressure 101

Chapter 17 Bleeding and transfusion 107

Chapter 18 Rashes and itching 115

Chapter 19 Temperature and infection 117

Chapter 20 Abdominal pain and jaundice 125

Chapter 21 Management of pain on the MHDU 131

Chapter 22 Immobility and thromboembolic disease 137

Chapter 23 Abnormal urine output and renal function 143

Chapter 24 Fluid therapy 151

Chapter 25 Abnormal blood results 155

Chapter 26 Anaphylaxis 163

Chapter 27 Local anaesthetic toxicity 167

Selected bibliography 171

Index 172

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