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Obstetric and Intrapartum Emergencies: A Practical Guide to Management
     

Obstetric and Intrapartum Emergencies: A Practical Guide to Management

by Edwin Chandraharan (Editor), Sabaratnam Arulkumaran (Editor)
 

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Every day, approximately 1000 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, most of which result from common treatable complications, such as haemorrhage, infections, pre-eclampsia and obstructed labour, which have not been recognized in time or treated properly. Every unborn child also faces risk of stillbirth, birth trauma, oxygen

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Every day, approximately 1000 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, most of which result from common treatable complications, such as haemorrhage, infections, pre-eclampsia and obstructed labour, which have not been recognized in time or treated properly. Every unborn child also faces risk of stillbirth, birth trauma, oxygen deprivation and neonatal death or long-term brain damage during birthing. Obstetric and Intrapartum Emergencies: A Practical Guide to Management is written by a wide variety of obstetric experts in developing and developed countries and provides an easy-to-use guide to recognize and treat perinatal emergencies before it is too late. The text includes learning tools such as 'Key Pearls' and 'Key Pitfalls,' a section on managing emergencies in a low-resource setting and contains detailed illustrations throughout. This book is a practical and invaluable guide for obstetricians, neonatologists, midwives, medical students and the wider perinatal team.

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Reviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Indiana University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a triage tool that provides easy-to-follow algorithms for complex obstetrical problems.
Purpose: The book aims to promote the use of evidence-based medicine in both "well-resourced and less well-resourced countries." A clear goal is to minimize the adverse outcomes associated with catastrophic obstetrical events. These are worthy objectives, and the authors do a decent job addressing them.
Audience: The target audience is midwives, medical students, and trainees.
Features: The book first tackles the "top 5 killers" — deep vein thrombosis, preeclampsia, postpartum hemorrhage, septic shock, and amniotic fluid embolus. Chapters provide easy-to-follow algorithms. The authors appropriately discuss the use of V/Q scans, CT scans and Dopplers. Chapters are concise, but the bullet format doesn't provide much information for interested readers. However, this is not necessarily a shortcoming, as the book is intended for low-resource areas, and each chapter addresses issues specific to these areas. The chapter on amniotic fluid embolus has concise information but lacks a discussion of the pathophysiology behind the condition. Pictures are few and those are black and white. The chapter on umbilical cord prolapse seems excessively long, considering the brevity with which more serious conditions are treated. Later chapters — such as the one on perimortem Cesarean section — seem to balance the content and the algorithm issue better. Overall, the book provides concise information but lacks the detail that more interested readers would like.
Assessment: This is a quick and easy reference designed for trainees in low resource areas. The book does an admirable job, although the images leave something to be desired. There are more thorough books available, but this book does what it set out to do.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521268271
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/11/2012
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.55(d)

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