Resident Review  |   August 2016
The Obstetric Anesthesia Consultation: Why The Physician Anesthesiologist Consultation During Pregnancy Should be Standard of Care
Article Information
Education / CPD / Obstetric Anesthesia / Quality Improvement / Resident Review
Resident Review   |   August 2016
The Obstetric Anesthesia Consultation: Why The Physician Anesthesiologist Consultation During Pregnancy Should be Standard of Care
ASA Monitor 08 2016, Vol.80, 60-62.
ASA Monitor 08 2016, Vol.80, 60-62.
In 1853, Queen Victoria of Great Britain, pregnant with her eighth child, expressed interest in the use of a novel anesthetic, chloroform, to alleviate pain during her birth. Not surprisingly, her wish was granted. We can assume she had a positive experience, as she requested chloroform inhalation for the birth of her ninth and final child. What followed was a cultural revolution in terms of acceptance and credibility in obstetric anesthesia. Although reserved for the wealthy, the notion of having a pain free birth was born.1 
You would think that, almost 200 years later, advances in anesthetic technology would improve the maternal experience. Many studies have shown a worrisome trend, specifically that epidural anesthesia, a commonly used method of pain relief for labor in the U.S., often leads to patient dissatisfaction.
First Page Preview
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview ×
View Large
0 Comments
Submit a Comment
Submit A Comment

Contributors must reveal any conflict of interest. Comments are moderated.

Name
Affiliation & Institution
I have a potential conflict of interest
Comment Title
Comment


This feature is available to Subscribers Only
ASA Member Login or Create an Account ×