Revisiting the obstetric flying squad

Med J Malaysia. 2000 Jun;55(2):280-2.


The obstetric flying squad has been used in obstetric practice since 1933 to manage obstetric emergencies occurring in domicilliary practice. It has often been criticised in such situations as only delaying effective treatment to the patient. We have introduced the obstetric flying squad in an urban setting to cater for obstetric emergencies occurring in private practice. This service has been used on ten occasions since its inception without any maternal deaths being recorded or any delay in the provision of emergency care. The flying squad has led to closer cooperation between the government and private sectors in providing obstetric care.

MeSH terms

  • Air Ambulances*
  • Delivery, Obstetric*
  • Emergency Medical Services*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Pregnancy