Management of anesthetic complications and emergencies in the obstetric patient

Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 1995 Mar;22(1):1-12.


The importance of cooperation and understanding between the obstetrician and anesthesiologist in the management of obstetric emergencies cannot be overemphasized. Indications for cesarean section and choice of anesthetic are significant considerations. Algorithms for the management of special treatment problems such as malignant hyperthermia, postdural headache, and epidural abscess and hematoma are presented. Posting of protocols for the management of particular crises in both delivery and postanesthesia care units is strongly recommended.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, Conduction / adverse effects*
  • Anesthesia, General / adverse effects*
  • Anesthesia, Obstetrical / adverse effects*
  • Cesarean Section
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Emergencies
  • Female
  • Fetal Distress / surgery
  • Fetal Distress / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / surgery
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy*
  • Uterine Diseases / therapy