The goals in management of critically ill obstetric patients involve intensive monitoring and physiologic support for patients with life-threatening but potentially reversible conditions. Management principles of the mother should also take the fetus and gestational age into consideration. The most common reasons for intensive care admissions (ICU) in the United States and United Kingdom are hypertensive disorders, sepsis, and hemorrhage. The critically ill obstetric patient poses several challenges to the clinicians involved in her care, because of the anatomic and physiologic changes that take place during pregnancy.
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