Fetal Considerations in the Critically Ill Obstetric Patient

  • J. P. Phelan
  • S. L. Clark
Part of the Developments in Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology book series (DCCA, volume 30)


Unlike any other medical or surgical specialty, obstetrics deals with the simultaneous management of two individuals—and sometimes more. In all circumstances, the obstetrician must delicately balance the effect of each treatment decision on both the pregnant woman and her fetus, seeking always to minimize the risks of harm to each. The goal of this chapter is to highlight, especially for the nonobstetric clinician, the important clinical fetal considerations encountered when caring for high-risk mothers and will review: 1) current techniques for assessing fetal well-being, 2) fetal considerations in several maternal medical and surgical conditions, and 3) the role of post-mortem cesarean delivery in modern obstetrics.


Cesarean Delivery Fetal Heart Rate Fetal Distress Amniotic Fluid Index Amniotic Fluid Volume 
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