Resident Review  |   November 2015
The Peripartum ICU: The Next Frontier in Obstetric Anesthesia
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Resident Review   |   November 2015
The Peripartum ICU: The Next Frontier in Obstetric Anesthesia
ASA Monitor 11 2015, Vol.79, 58-59.
ASA Monitor 11 2015, Vol.79, 58-59.
We all have patient encounters that change us. Mine came during my second year of anesthesiology residency. I was on call in the ICU, and our team admitted a woman who went into heart failure immediately after giving birth. Her heart function was so poor that she needed a ventricular assist device to survive. Over the next few days her cardiac output improved and we were able to send her home with her baby.
This unique case focused my attention on the challenges of caring for the critically ill peripartum population. As I prepare to start my obstetric anesthesiology fellowship next summer, caring for the critically ill parturient has become a focus of mine.
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