Managing Postpartum Complications in the Emergency Department

Emerg Med Pract. 2022 Mar;24(3):1-24. Epub 2022 Mar 1.


Postpartum patients may present to the emergency department with complaints ranging from minor issues, requiring only patient education and reassurance, to severe, life-threatening complications that require prompt diagnosis and multidisciplinary consultation and management. At times, vague presentations or overlapping conditions can make it difficult for the emergency clinician to recognize an emergent condition and initiate proper treatment. This issue reviews the major common emergencies that present in postpartum patients, by chief complaint, including hemorrhage, infection, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, headache, and cardiopulmonary conditions, and reviews the most recent evidence and guidelines.

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Postpartum Period
  • Pre-Eclampsia* / diagnosis
  • Pre-Eclampsia* / therapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Puerperal Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Puerperal Disorders* / therapy
  • Referral and Consultation