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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156486/-update-in-obstetric-anesthesia-tried-and-trusted-methods-controversies-and-new-perspectives
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Peter Kranke, Thorsten Annecke, Dorothee H Bremerich, Daniel Chappell, Thierry Girard, Wiebke Gogarten, Robert Hanß, Lutz Kaufner, Sophie Neuhaus, Tobias Ninke, Thomas Standl, Stefan Weber, Yvonne Jelting, Thomas Volk
Since 1975, a plethora of lectures within the context of annual meetings relevant for the clinical care has been summarized in "what's new in obstetric anesthesia" by the society for Obstetric anesthesia and Perinatology which can be recommended to everyone interested in anaesthesiology in the delivery room. After the death of Gerard W. Ostheimer, Professor of Anaesthesiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, it became renamed the Gerard W. Ostheimer "what's new in obstetric anesthesia" lecture to honor his contributions to regional anesthesia and obstetric anaesthesia...
November 2017: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149877/key-bottlenecks-to-the-provision-of-safe-obstetric-anaesthesia-in-low-income-countries-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-64-hospitals-in-uganda
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Isabella Epiu, Agnes Wabule, Andrew Kambugu, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Jossy Verel Bahe Tindimwebwa, Gerald Dubowitz
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances in surgery and anaesthesia which significantly improve safety, many health facilities in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) remain chronically under-resourced with inability to cope effectively with serious obstetric complications (Knight et al., PLoS One 8:e63846, 2013). As a result many of these countries still have unacceptably high maternal and neonatal mortality rates. Recent data at the national referral hospitals in East Africa reported that none of the national referral hospitals met the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) international standards required to provide safe obstetric anaesthesia (Epiu I: Challenges of Anesthesia in Low-and Middle-Income Countries...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143614/composite-measures-of-women-s-empowerment-and-their-association-with-maternal-mortality-in-low-income-countries
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Chiao-Wen Lan, Paula Tavrow
BACKGROUND: Maternal mortality has declined significantly since 1990. While better access to emergency obstetrical care is partially responsible, women's empowerment might also be a contributing factor. Gender equality composite measures generally include various dimensions of women's advancement, including educational parity, formal employment, and political participation. In this paper, we compare several composite measures to assess which, if any, are associated with maternal mortality ratios (MMRs) in low-income countries, after controlling for other macro-level and direct determinants...
November 8, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141482/obstetric-practice-guidelines-labor-s-love-lost
#4
Wayne R Cohen, Emanuel A Friedman
Implementation of clinical practice guidelines may moderate health care costs, improve care, reduce medicolegal liability, and provide a uniformity in care allowing meaningful investigation of treatments and outcomes. However, new guidelines are often uncritically embraced by clinicians, risk management organizations, insurance companies, and the courts as the standard of care. Adoption of incompletely vetted recommendations can lead to patient harm. Recent recommendations made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine for assessment and management of labor provide an example of well-intended guidelines adopted uncritically...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122228/-depressive-symptoms-and-psychosocial-risk-factors-in-high-complexity-obstetric-patients-admitted-to-a-critical-care-obstetric-unit-in-cali-colombia
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Ana María Guerra, Diana María Dávalos Pérez, Alejandro Castillo Martínez
Depression is the main cause of years lossed due to disability in the world, and it affects 50% more women 50% than men. Perinatal depression has been linked with more anxiety, a chronic course, and disability than depression in other life stages. In spite of its high prevalence and serious health effects on both mother and foetus, it is frequently under-diagnosed. This study was performed on all high risk obstetric patients admitted to a critical care obstetric unit in Cali, Colombia, from January to June, 2014...
October 2017: Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114416/outcomes-of-antepartum-and-postpartum-obstetric-admissions-to-the-intensive-care-unit-of-a-tertiary-university-hospital-an-8-year-review
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Menekşe Özçelik, Sanem Turhan, Onat Bermede, Ali Abbas Yılmaz, Necmettin Ünal, Mustafa Kemal Bayar
Objective: Although their rates are decreasing, pregnancy-related mortality and morbidity are problems worldwide. In this study, we aimed to review the characteristics, diagnoses, required interventions and outcomes of obstetric patients admitted between 2006 and 2014 to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a tertiary university hospital to provide an indicator for improving the management of critically ill obstetric patients. Methods: A retrospective study of hospital records of obstetric admissions to the ICU was conducted...
October 2017: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109640/obstetric-critical-care-requirements-felt-by-the-obstetricians-an-experience-based-study
#7
Mohan Deep Kaur, Jyoti Sharma, Prasoon Gupta, Tarun Deep Singh, Saurav Mitra Mustafi
Background and Aims: Pregnancy is a state of physiological stress to a woman's health. Concomitant complications and infections during pregnancy may necessitate intensive monitoring and management of such patients in critical care settings. This study aims to determine the perceptions about the requirement of obstetric critical care based on the experience of obstetricians. Material and Methods: An observational, questionnaire-based study was conducted in 200 obstetricians working in various settings, who were approached during obstetric conferences...
July 2017: Journal of Anaesthesiology, Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107309/pain-management-in-obstetrics
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REVIEW
Jennifer G Hensley, Michelle R Collins, Claire L Leezer
Critical care clinicians may be called on to care for a laboring woman. Comprehension of the anatomic changes associated with pregnancy, and labor and birth, is essential. A working knowledge of the current options for pain management in labor, both pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic, is necessary to facilitate patient-centered care. Pharmacologic options include intravenous or intramuscular agents, inhalational agents, and neuraxial anesthesia. Each modality has contraindications, risks, and benefits that must be considered when choosing the most appropriate method...
December 2017: Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073914/measuring-mistreatment-of-women-during-childbirth-a-review-of-terminology-and-methodological-approaches
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REVIEW
Virginia Savage, Arachu Castro
BACKGROUND: Although mistreatment of women during facility-based childbirth has received increasing recognition as a critical issue throughout the world, there remains a lack of consensus on operational definitions of mistreatment and best practices to assess the issue. Moreover, only minimal research has focused on mistreatment in Latin America and the Caribbean, a region notable for social inequalities and inequitable access to maternal health care. METHODS: In this article, we discuss the results of a literature review that sought to contribute to the determination of best practices in defining and measuring the mistreatment of women during childbirth, particularly within Latin America and the Caribbean...
October 26, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057694/early-unexpected-diagnosis-of-fetal-life-limiting-malformation-antenatal-palliative-care-and-parental-decision
#10
Federico Mariona, Marianne Burnett, Melody Zoma, Janice Blake, Hanna Khouri
INTRODUCTION: Conjoined twins are an infrequent occurrence in obstetric practice. Live-conjoined twins on a late preterm triplet pregnancy is an even rarer event. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to emphasize the critical importance of perinatal palliative care and non-directive parental counseling, informed decision making and respect for autonomy following full disclosure of findings, fetal life-limiting diagnosis, treatment alternatives, maternal-fetal potential complications, and most likely perinatal outcomes...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050063/-update-in-obstetric-anesthesia-tried-and-trusted-methods-controversies-and-new-perspectives-part-1
#11
Peter Kranke, Thorsten Annecke, Dorothee H Bremerich, Daniel Chappell, Thierry Girard, Wiebke Gogarten, Robert Hanß, Lutz Kaufner, Sophie Neuhaus, Tobias Ninke, Thomas Standl, Stefan Weber, Yvonne Jelting, Thomas Volk
Since 1975, a plethora of lectures within the context of annual meetings relevant for the clinical care has been summarized in "what's new in obstetric anesthesia" by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology which can be recommended to everyone interested in anaesthesiology in the delivery room. After the death of Gerard W. Ostheimer, Professor of Anaesthesiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, it became renamed the Gerard W. Ostheimer "what's new in obstetric anesthesia" lecture to honor his contributions to regional anesthesia and obstetric anaesthesia...
October 2017: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016514/disparities-in-care-for-publicly-insured-women-with-pregestational-diabetes
#12
Sarah Rae Easter, Emily W Rosenthal, Emma Morton-Eggleston, Nawal Nour, Ruth Tuomala, Chloe A Zera
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association among public health insurance, preconception care, and pregnancy outcomes in pregnant women with pregestational diabetes. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort of pregnant women with pregestational type 1 or type 2 diabetes from 2006 to 2011 in Massachusetts-a state with universal insurance coverage since 2006. Women delivering after 24 weeks of gestation and receiving endocrinology and obstetric care in a multidisciplinary clinic were included...
November 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971026/intensive-care-unit-issues-in-eclampsia-and-hellp-syndrome
#13
REVIEW
Melissa Teresa Chu Lam, Elizabeth Dierking
Preeclampsia, eclampsia and HELLP syndrome are life-threatening hypertensive conditions and common causes of ICU admission among obstetric patients The diagnostic criteria of preeclampsia include: 1) systolic blood pressure (SBP) ≥140 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) ≥90 mmHg on two occasions at least 4 hours apart and 2) proteinuria ≥300 mg/day in a woman with a gestational age of >20 weeks with previously normal blood pressures. Eclampsia is defined as a convulsive episode or altered level of consciousness occurring in the setting of preeclampsia, provided that there is no other cause of seizures...
July 2017: International Journal of Critical Illness and Injury Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956309/pregnancy-related-acute-kidney-injury-in-high-income-countries-still-a-critical-issue
#14
REVIEW
Fadi Fakhouri, Clément Deltombe
The rate of pregnancy-associated acute kidney injury (P-AKI) has dwindled in high income countries mainly following the legalization of abortion in the seventies and early eighties and the general improvement in obstetrical care. P-AKI has not however disappeared from high income countries and several reports indicate that its frequency has even increased during the last decade. The reasons for such evolution are probably an improved surveillance and reporting of P-AKI and a more aggressive approach to the treatment of pregnancy complications, with unintended renal side effects...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928575/referrral-systems-development-and-survey-of-perioperative-and-critical-care-referral-to-anesthetists
#15
P L Narendra, Harihar V Hegde, Maroof Ahmad Khan, Dayanand G Talikoti, Samson Nallamilli
INTRODUCTION: Anesthetists come in contact with more than two-third of hospital patients. Timely referral to anesthetists is vital in perioperative and remote site settings. Delayed referrals, improper referrals, and referrals at inappropriate levels can result in inadequate preparation, perioperative complications, and poor outcome. METHODS: The self administered paper survey to delegates attending anesthesia conferences. Questions were asked on how high-risk, emergency surgical cases remote site and critical care patients were referred to anesthetists and presence of rapid response teams...
July 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922228/anesthesia-capacity-in-ghana-a-teaching-hospital-s-resources-and-the-national-workforce-and-education
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Mark A Brouillette, Alfred J Aidoo, Maria A Hondras, Nana A Boateng, Akwasi Antwi-Kusi, William Addison, Alec R Hermanson
BACKGROUND: Quality anesthetic care is lacking in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Global health leaders call for perioperative capacity reports in limited-resource settings to guide improved health care initiatives. We describe a teaching hospital's resources and the national workforce and education in this LMIC capacity report. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana, during 4 weeks in August 2016...
September 14, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910302/a-look-back-on-how-far-to-walk-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-physical-access-to-skilled-care-for-childbirth-in-sub-saharan-africa
#17
REVIEW
Kerry L M Wong, Lenka Benova, Oona M R Campbell
OBJECTIVES: To (i) summarize the methods undertaken to measure physical accessibility as the spatial separation between women and health services, and (ii) establish the extent to which distance to skilled care for childbirth affects utilization in Sub-Saharan Africa. METHOD: We defined spatial separation as the distance/travel time between women and skilled care services. The use of skilled care at birth referred to either the location or attendant of childbirth...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882128/institutional-maternal-and-perinatal-deaths-a-review-of-40-low-and-middle-income-countries
#18
Patricia E Bailey, Wasihun Andualem, Michel Brun, Lynn Freedman, Sourou Gbangbade, Malick Kante, Emily Keyes, Edwin Libamba, Allisyn C Moran, Halima Mouniri, Dahada Ould El Joud, Kavita Singh
BACKGROUND: Understanding the magnitude and clinical causes of maternal and perinatal mortality are basic requirements for positive change. Facility-based information offers a contextualized resource for clinical and organizational quality improvement. We describe the magnitude of institutional maternal mortality, causes of death and cause-specific case fatality rates, as well as stillbirth and pre-discharge neonatal death rates. METHODS: This paper draws on secondary data from 40 low and middle income countries that conducted emergency obstetric and newborn care assessments over the last 10 years...
September 7, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871456/queueing-theoretic-analysis-of-labor-and-delivery-understanding-management-styles-and-c-section-rates
#19
Matthew Gombolay, Toni Golen, Neel Shah, Julie Shah
Childbirth is a complex clinical service requiring the coordinated support of highly trained healthcare professionals as well as management of a finite set of critical resources (such as staff and beds) to provide safe care. The mode of delivery (vaginal delivery or cesarean section) has a significant effect on labor and delivery resource needs. Further, resource management decisions may impact the amount of time a physician or nurse is able to spend with any given patient. In this work, we employ queueing theory to model one year of transactional patient information at a tertiary care center in Boston, Massachusetts...
September 4, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851308/patterns-and-determinants-of-pathways-to-reach-comprehensive-emergency-obstetric-and-neonatal-care-cemonc-in-south-sudan-qualitative-diagrammatic-pathway-analysis
#20
Khalifa Elmusharaf, Elaine Byrne, Ayat AbuAgla, Amal AbdelRahim, Mary Manandhar, Egbert Sondorp, Diarmuid O'Donovan
BACKGROUND: Maternity referral systems have been under-documented, under-researched, and under-theorised. Responsive emergency referral systems and appropriate transportation are cornerstones in the continuum of care and central to the complex health system. The pathways that women follow to reach Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC) once a decision has been made to seek care have received relatively little attention. The aim of this research was to identify patterns and determinants of the pathways pregnant women follow from the onset of labour or complications until they reach an appropriate health facility...
August 29, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
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