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Every Mom’s Dream….... OBSTETRICAL EMERGENCIES Care is a state in which something does matter ; it is the source of human tenderness.

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Presentation on theme: "Every Mom’s Dream….... OBSTETRICAL EMERGENCIES Care is a state in which something does matter ; it is the source of human tenderness."— Presentation transcript:

1 Every Mom’s Dream…...


3 Care is a state in which something does matter ; it is the source of human tenderness


5 Patient -1 A 38 weeks G4P3 lady presents with ROM and contractions. She is quite distressed and thinks the baby is coming out. You perform a pelvic examination and next to the head you feel a pulsatile cord…

6 Cord Prolapse Presentation: Cord in front of presenting part before the rupture of membranes Prolapse: Cord in front of presenting part after rupture of membranes

7 Occult prolapse Cord lying alongside the presenting part

8 Incidence (Anita pal, Kushgla, Sood 2006) Primigravida 0.45% Multigravida0.66% (Risk ratio 2:3) Cephalic0.3% Frank breech0.9% Complete breech5% Footling10% Shoulder15% Contracted pelvis4-6 times

9 Causes Malpresentation - face, brow, breech and shoulder Prematurity Polyhydramnios Multiple pregnancy Long cord (90-100 cm) PROM CPD Obstetric interventions - Amniotomy, Intrauterine pressure catheter, scalp electrode, external cephalic version, PROM, expectant management in preterm

10 Dangers Mortality rate as high as 50% Hypoxia Spasm of vessels Operative trauma to suboxgenated fetus More with vertex than breech Descent in front than behind More in primi than multi

11 Diagnosis Cord pulsations CTG shows variable decelerations Cord lying outside vulva USG – cord loops Fundal pressure causes bradycardia Violent activity of baby Meconium stained liquor

12 Prevention Refer to level II care USG for malpresentation and cord presentation Foetal mointoring Avoid ARM in an unengaged head PV exam after ROM

13 Management Lift presenting part off the cord Instruct NOT to push Position patient Knee chest Trendelenburg Exaggerated position

14 Knee chest position

15 Trendelenburg position

16 Exaggerated sim’s position

17 Management (cont..) Full bladder (Vago 1970) Vulval pad Replacement of cord Tocolysis (ritodrine) Forceps (Cx fully dilated) Second twin – internal podalic version and breech extraction Stat C-section Occult: Aminoinfusion

18 Management (cont…) Funic Reduction –Manual replacement of cord into uterus –Cord gently pushed above presenting part while other cord decompression techniques are applied –Rapid vaginal delivery

19 Fetal Mortality Overall - 50% 1 st stage of labour- 70% 2 nd stage of labour-30% Neonatal death- 4% Perinatal mortality- 20% 5 mins, damage and death.

20 VASA PRAEVIA Fetal blood vessel lies in front of presenting part Rupture - exsanguination of the fetus

21 Cause and Management Velamentous insertion Fresh bleeding vaginally with rupture of membranes Management: Signs of fetal distress Stat C.S Send cord blood for Hb estimation

22 PATIENT -2 Mother is pushing with each contraction and the baby’s head starts to come out. However, with each push, the baby’s head comes out and then retracts back in towards the perineum. You quickly recognize this as the “turtle sign”

23 Obstructed labour No advancement of presenting part despite strong, uterine contractions Causes: Cephalo-pelvic disproportion Malpresentation - shoulder/brow/persistent mento posterior Deep transverse arrest Pelvic mass Fetal abnormalities - Hydrocephalus, conjoined twins

24 Causes Malpresentation:

25 Signs of obstructed labour Presenting part fails to advance Cervical dilatation slow Formation of retraction ring Early rupture of membranes Formation of elongated sac of forewaters If neglected, dehydration, ketosis Caput succedaneum and moulding urine output decreases fetal distress

26 Management Careful assessment of progress of labour Correct hydration Internal version Forceps application Stat C.Section

27 Shoulder Dystocia Incidence: 0.23% to 2.09% Impaction of fetal shoulders in maternal pelvis Head to body delivery time > 60s

28 Risk factors Maternal Diabetes Mellitus Short stature Macrosomia Post-term Obesity Fetal shoulder circumference 40.9 ± 1.5cm Vs 39.5 ± 1.5 cm

29 Complications Fetal morbidity: Brachial plexus injury Clavicular fracture Facial nerve paralysis Asphyxia CNS injury complication rate up to 20%

30 Management Help – obstetrician, pediatrician Episiotomy Legs – elevate (McRoberts) Pressure - suprapubic Enter vagina – Rubin’s and Woods’ screw Roll or Remove posterior arm Zavanelli, Clavicular#, Symphysiotomy

31 McRoberts Maneuver hyperflexion of maternal hips Increases intrauterine pressure (1,653mmHg - 3,262 mmHg) Increases amplitude of contractions (103mm Hg to 129mm Hg)

32 All-Fours Maneuver(Gaskin Maneuver) Ina May Gaskin (1976) changes pelvic dimensions in a similar way to McRoberts maneuver apply downward traction to disimpact the posterior shoulder

33 Suprapubic Pressure direct posterior or oblique suprapubic pressure

34 Rubin’s Maneuver adduction of the most accessible shoulder moves the fetus into an oblique position and decreases the bisacromial diameter

35 Woods’ Cork Screw Maneuver Abduct posterior shoulder exerting pressure on anterior surface of posterior shoulder

36 Deliver posterior arm (Barnum Maneuver) grasp the posterior arm and sweep it across the anterior chest to deliver

37 Zavanelli Maneuver cephalic replacement via reversal of the cardinal movements of labor

38 fracture the anterior clavicle by pushing it against the pubic ramus or using a closed pair of scissors Symphysiotomy Clavicular Fracture

39 Complications Maternal morbidity 4 th degree perineal lacerations Cervical & Vaginal lacerations Bladder injury Postpartum hemorrhage Endometritis

40 Patient - 3 Mother in third stage of labour. Using the controlled cord traction, the midwife tries to deliver the placenta. Unfortunately, notices the descent of uterus instead of placenta.

41 Uterine Inversion 1/20,000 deliveries Causes: uterine atony (40%) Increase in intra abdominal pressure Fundal attachment of placenta (75%) Short cord Placenta accreta Excessive cord traction

42 Degrees of uterine inversion 1st - Dimpling of fundus, remains above internal os 2nd - fundus passes through the cervix, but lies inside vagina 3rd - (complete) Endometrium with or without placenta is outside the vulva

43 Dangers Shock - Neurogenic Pressure on ovaries Peritoneal irritation Hemorrhage Pulmonary embolism Infection

44 Management Uterine relaxant (terbutaline 0.25 mg IV followed by 2 g of MgSO 4 over 10 min) Treat hypovolumeia Without placenta: Repositioning

45 Uterine Inversion

46 Management(cont…) With placenta: Do not remove placenta Replace uterus Bimanual compression Hydrostatic pressure (O’Sullivan 1945) Start oxytocin Laparotomy

47 Patient - 4 A mother in second stage of labour suddenly complains of persistent pain, and bleeding per vagina becomes profuse and the monitor shows decelerations in fetal heart rate.

48 Uterine Rupture 1/2000 deliveries Types: Complete Incomplete Rupture Vs Dehiscense of C.S scar



51 Rupture of lower uterine segment

52 Causes Uterine injury sustained before current pregnancy C.S /hysterotomy/ repaired uterine rupture/ Myomectomy Uterine trauma - curette, sounds Sharp or blunt trauma - accidents, bullets, knives Congenital anomaly

53 Causes Uterine injury during current pregnancy Before delivery Intense spontaneous contractions Labour stimulation Intra-amnionic instillation Perforation by internal catheter External trauma - sharp or blunt External version Uterine overdistension - multiple pregnancy

54 Causes (cont…) During delivery: Internal version Difficult forceps delivery Breech extraction Difficult manual removal of placenta Fetal anomaly Acquired: Placenta increta / percreta Retroverted uterus (sacculation)

55 Diagnosis Prolonged fetal decelerations (70.3%) Bleeding (3.4%) Pain (7.6%) Monitor tracing demonstrating fetal heart rate decelerations, increase in uterine tone, and continuation of uterine contractions in a patient with uterine rupture monitored with an intrauterine pressure catheter.

56 Management Total Hysterectomy Sub total hysterectomy Simple repair

57 Patient 5 Mother has just delivered a male baby. You wait for 30 minutes But no signs of placental separation and descent is present. Manual removal fails.

58 Placenta Accreta Incidence: 1 in 2,562 deliveries Firm adherence of placenta to uterine wall partial or total absence of decidua basalis Placenta increta: Villi invade the myometrium Placenta percreta: Villi penetrate myometrium

59 Risk factors Defective decidual formation placenta previa Previous cesearean scar uterine curettage Grand multiparity

60 Diagnosis and Management Dx in third stage of labour Maternal hemorrhage Treatment: Hysterectomy

61 Patient 6 A pregnant mother on oxytocin induction suddenly becomes short of breath and tachypneic. Vital signs drop and the patient goes into asystolic arrest.

62 Amniotic Fluid Embolism Incidence: 1 in 3,500 to 1 in 80,000 Amniotic fluid enters the maternal circulation and reaches pulmonary capillaries Through a tear in amnion and chorion Opening in maternal circulation Increased intrauterine pressure

63 Amniotic Fluid Embolism

64 Risk factors Multiparity Large fetus Meconium in amniotic fluid Intrauterine fetal death Precipitate labour Placental abruption Intrauterine catheter Rupture of uterus

65 Manifestations Phase I : Pulmonary vasospasm Hypoxia Hypotension Cardiovascular collapse Phase II: Left ventricular failure Pulmonary edema Hemorrhage Coagulation disorder

66 Management Intubation + Mechanical ventilation CVP monitoring Blood transfusion + I.V. Fluids Dopamine 2-20mg/kg/min IV Digitalization (0.1 - 1.0mg) Prostaglandin Morphine Aminophylline Hydrocortisone

67 Be prepared, except the unexpected and above all, communicate Communicate congruently Careful, sympathetic and optimal communication Avoid medical jargon Psychological support- one member - Touch “Talking through” the process Smile of reassurance Information and support to partners

68 Fear during labour Worries that infant may die or born with abnormality. Review labour process Provide with frequent progress report Personal availability of nurse Promise postnatal debriefing sessions


70 Interestingly, loving care does not require twice the time,but it does require more than twice the presence.” - Erie Chapman THEY NEED YOU AND YOUR CARE


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