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1 The pregnant trauma patient Tom Archer MD, MBA UCSD Anesthesia

2 Outline Epidemiology General approach to the patient Anesthesia and diagnostic studies. Obstetric complications of trauma –(What the obstetrician will be thinking about) Relevant maternal / fetal physiology FHR monitoring Perimortem cesarean section

3 Trauma in pregnancy Trauma is most common non-obstetric cause of maternal death. Common major traumas: MVAs, falls and assaults. 5-10% of pregnancies are marred by some sort of trauma (usually very minor and not seen in hospital). In one study, 0.2% of all pregnant women were seen in hospital for trauma during a given pregnancy. Chestnut chap 53, El Kady D et al 2004

4 Trauma in pregnancy Incidence of trauma increases as pregnancy progresses: –8% in first trimester –40% in second trimester –52% in third trimester

5 Causes of maternal death Most maternal deaths are due to head trauma or hemorrhagic shock.

6 Commonest causes of fetal death In severe maternal injury, it is maternal death. In “minor” injury, it is placental abruption

7 http://www.maternity- Pregnant women need to wear seat belts properly: One strap under uterus, the other between breasts. Many women don’t wear them for fear of hurting the baby. Improper placement can injure fetus.

8 Domestic violence Domestic violence knows no boundaries of race or economic status. Pregnancy often represents dependency and loss of autonomy and control. Abusers will take advantage of this. They may feel threatened by pregnancy and attack abdomen as a way of retaliating against fetus.

9 Domestic violence Think of it as a possibility! Look for emotional withdrawal, depression, self- blame. Look for other (older) signs of injury. Face-to-face, one-on-one interviews. Calm, matter-of-fact tone helps elicit Hx.

10 “What will happen to my baby?” “Trauma appears to affect the fetus only in the short-term…” “…if there is no early placental abruption, fetal death, premature rupture of membranes, or urgent delivery, there is no significant difference in pregnancy outcome…” Shah KH 1998

11 Trauma management in pregnancy Best way to take care of baby is to take care of mother. All ACLS guidelines apply. Know how physiological / anatomical changes of pregnancy affect vulnerability of patient to stresses. Plan for specific obstetric concerns (without getting obsessed). Common worries (patient, nurse, MD) : radiation, drugs, abruption, anesthesia.

12 Anesthesia in OB trauma Maintain good anesthesia, oxygenation, normotension, normothermia, normocarbia (PaCO2 = 30) and LUD. Avoid ketamine > 2 mg /kg (uterine hypertonus). Monitor FHTs if practical. Loss of variability is normal, but fetal tachy- or bradycardia may mean hypoxia. Defensive medicine: probably avoid benzodiazepines and N2O early in gestation (little to no solid evidence for this).

13 X-ray studies in pregnant patients Use x-ray studies judiciously– but USE THEM when needed! Shield uterus when possible. Consult with radiologist on minimizing exposure.

14 X-ray doses from studies 1 Rad = 10 mGy (“milliGrey”) Mann FA et al 2000

15 Risk from X-ray exposure 1 Rad = 10 mGy (“milliGrey”) Benefit of judiciously chosen x-rays far outweighs risks in pregnant trauma patients. Intermediate exposure (50-100 mGy) roughly equivalent to 3 years of natural background radiation exposure and is associated with no increase in anomalies or growth restriction. Mann FA et al 2000

16 X-ray studies in pregnant patients CT is gold standard for Dx of blunt abdominal trauma. Transport from ER to CT scanner and radiation risks / fears remain as obstacles to CT. Miller MT 2003

17 Astarita DC et al 1997 MVA, pregnant patient at 27 weeks EGA, lap belt worn across the bulge. CT scan: ruptured uterus with extruded products of conception.

18 Astarita DC et al 1997 MVA, pregnant patient at 27 weeks EGA, lap belt worn across the bulge. CT scan: ruptured uterus with extruded products of conception.

19 Ultrasound in trauma evaluation Can ultrasound substitute for CT? Modality is called FAST (“Focused Abdominal Sonography for Trauma”). Focus of FAST is detecting free fluid, presumed to be blood. FAST is part of screening process, but can miss injuries (e.g. solid organ). Miller MT 2003

20 Richards JR 2004 Lateral pelvic ultrasound: free fluid in cul-de-sac (+ Foley in bladder).

21 Obstetric complications of trauma Abruption Pre-term labor Ruptured membranes Uterine rupture Direct fetal injury (usually penetrating trauma) Rare: amniotic fluid embolus, chorionic villus embolus Kingston NJ 2003 Judich A 1998

22 Predisposing factors to DIC / ARDS after trauma in pregnancy: Abruption. Dead fetus. Shock Sepsis Traumatic amniotic fluid embolus (rare). –Factors in common are release of abnormal substances into circulation. Hypothermia and acidosis exacerbate coagulopathy. Ferrara A 1990

23 ) Umbilical artery (UA) Umbilical vein (UV) Uterine arteriesUterine veins Mom Fetus Normal placental function: fetal and maternal circulations separated by thin membrane (syncytiotrophoblast). Diffusion of O2 and CO2 is +/- complete. Fetal O2 uptake limited by uterine blood flow. “Lakes” of maternal blood Archer TL 2006 unpublished Fetal capillaries in chorionic villi

24 from Google images

25 ) Umbilical artery (UA) Umbilical vein (UV) Uterine arteriesUterine veins Placental abruption: fetal asphyxiation (O2 supply is cut off). Abruption Archer TL 2006 unpublished

26 Placental abruption Elastic myometrium Liquid placenta Placenta shears off

27 Abruption separates here From Google images

28 Pearlman MD 1997 Usually happens within 4-6 hours (if it’s going to happen). Incidence of abruption from minor trauma is low (1.6%), but… Minor trauma is common, so minor trauma causes many abruptions. Major trauma is uncommon, but incidence of abruption is high (37.5%). Placental abruption from “minor” trauma

29 Miller’s Anesthesia chap. 58

30 Placental abruption Accompanies 1-5% of minor injuries, 20-50% of major injuries. Abdominal tenderness Uterine tenderness Uterine contractions Vaginal bleeding– but hemorrhage may be hidden.

31 Placental trauma (+/- abruption): Feto-maternal hemorrhage More common with anterior placenta? (Pearlman 1990) Chorionic villi break, releasing fetal RBCs into lakes of maternal blood. Dangers: –Iso-immunization of Rh- mother by Rh+ fetal cells. –Fetal exsanguination / anemia / hydrops / brain damage. –Premature labor (due to release of thrombin, lysozymes or prostaglandins into maternal circulation?).

32 ) Umbilical artery (UA) Umbilical vein (UV) Uterine arteriesUterine veins Placental disruption: feto-maternal hemorrhage Chorionic villus disruption Archer TL 2006 unpublished

33 from Google images

34 Chorionic villus disruption causing feto-maternal hemorrhage From Google images

35 Kleihauer- Betke preparation Maternal blood smear eluted with acid wash. Adult hemoglobin washed away Fetal hemoglobin stays behind– a few brightly stained fetal cells amongst a sea of ‘”ghostly” maternal cells.

36 from Google images Kleihauer-Betke preparation: Massive fetal-maternal hemorrhage

37 KB prep to diagnose Feto-maternal hemorrhage One dose of RhoGam (anti-D antibody to destroy fetal Rh+ RBCs) is routine with trauma to Rh- mother (regardless of KB results). Kleihauer – Betke prep sometimes used to assess: –Need for repeated RhoGam doses (large FMH) –Probability of pre-term labor (?)

38 Does feto-maternal hemorrhage promote pre-term labor?

39 Muench MV et al 2004 Theory: Kleihauer -Betke test predicts uterine contractions and preterm labor

40 Fetal heart rate monitoring (for hypoxia) after trauma Worry is abruption. Usually combined with contraction monitoring. 4 hours is routine. >4 hours if: –Abruption suspected –Frequent uterine activity –Rupture of membranes –FHR abnormalities present –Mother is in critical condition Chestnut chap 53

41 Ruptured uterus Life-threatening emergency, 10% maternal mortality Fetus almost always dies.

42 Ruptured amniotic membranes Vaginal fluid leak– avenue for infection. By itself, not an emergency.

43 Maternal / fetal physiology and anatomy relevant to trauma

44 Feto-placental unit 12 ml O2 / kg / min Mom 4 ml O2 / kg / min Mother is consuming and delivering oxygen for two!

45 Physiological changes of pregnancy at term: Maternal-fetal O2 consumption increases 40-50% over non-pregnant state. Cardiac output increases by 50%. Functional residual capacity (apneic reserve of O2) decreases by 20% Pregnant patient has diminished capacity to tolerate apnea! Chestnut chap. 53

46 Functional residual capacity (FRC) is our “air tank” for apnea. from Google images

47 Pregnant Mom has a smaller “air tank”. Non-pregnant woman /blog/images/scuba- web.jpg

48 At term, mother has respiratory alkalosis with metabolic compensation (less HCO3- buffer). ABGsNon- pregnant At term PaCO24030 PaO2100103 pH7.407.44 HCO3-2420 Chestnut

49 At term, mother also has lower hemoglobin concentration to buffer acid load: Non-pregnantAt term Hemoglobin12-14 gm / dL11-12 gm / dL

50 Compared to non-pregnant state, pregnant woman has less tolerance for: Apnea Acidosis

51 Hematologic changes at term: Blood volume increased by 45% Pregnant woman may tolerate hemorrhage better than non- pregnant woman, before showing fall in BP. Fibrinogen increased. PT, PTT shortened 20%. Increased platelet turnover. Increase in coagulation factors, immobilization and aorto-caval compression all increase risk of DVT.

52 Vascular congestion Swelling of respiratory mucosa (nose, rest of airway). Don’t put anything through the nose if you can avoid it  prevent bad nose bleed.

53 GI tract Decreased gastric emptying Increase GERD Full stomach precautions

54 Avoid aorto-caval compression: use left uterine displacement (LUD) LUD helps venous return. C/S as part of resuscitation? LUD decreases chance of DVT LUD increases O2 delivery to fetus: –Increases uterine artery pressure and decreases uterine venous pressure. Why we don’t do it: It doesn’t look right!

55 ) Umbilical artery (UA) 300 ml / min Umbilical vein (UV) Uterine artery 700 ml / min Uterine vein Mom Fetus Normal placental function: fetal and maternal circulations separated by thin membrane. Diffusion of O2 and CO2 is +/- complete. Umbilical vessels have no tone. Fetal O2 uptake limited by uterine blood flow. pH = 7.33 pO2 = 15 pCO2 = 44 pH = 7.37 pO2 = 28 pCO2 = 35 pH = 7.45 pO2 = 96 pCO2 = 28 pH = 7.35 pO2 = 33 pCO2 = 37 Data from Chestnut chap.4

56 P1 = uterine artery pressure P2 = uterine vein pressure R = placental resistance (fixed in short term) Ohm’s Law of the placenta: O2 delivery = Placental blood flow = (P1 – P2) / R Aorto-caval compression decreases P1 (“aorto”) and increases P2 (“caval”) Therefore, aorto-caval compression decreases O2 delivery to fetus. Placenta blood flow (O2 delivery) = (P1 – P2) / R Archer TL 2006

57 Colman-Brochu S 2004


59 Manbit images

60 Chestnut chap. 2

61 What happens if fetus doesn’t get enough oxygen? ( What is the mammalian diving response?)

62 FIGURE 6. Nonreassuring pattern of late decelerations with preserved beat- to-beat variability. Note the onset at the peak of the uterine contractions and the return to baseline after the contraction has ended. The second uterine contraction is associated with a shallow and subtle late deceleration.

63 Humans have diving responses too! Univ of Lund Thesis Johan Andersson ysiol/Johan/Avhandling.h tml#Sv

64 The human diving response. The changes in mean arterial blood pressure (MAP), heart rate (HR) and skin capillary blood flow (SkBF) during apnea with face immersions are shown. The heart rate and skin capillary blood flow are reduced while the MAP increases during apnea.

65 The mammalian diving reflex shuts down blood flow to all organs except the heart and brain, in order to conserve oxygen. The fetus’ response to hypoxia is related to this reflex. See Univ of lund thesis Johan Andersson

66 Chestnut chap. 53 Perimortem cesarean section – 5 minute rule

67 Summary MVAs, falls and assaults are the commonest traumatic mechanisms in pregnancy. Think of the possibility of domestic violence / partner abuse. Pregnant women need to wear seat belts properly.

68 Summary Don’t over-react to the fact that patient is pregnant. ACLS and all usual diagnostic studies should be performed. Ultrasound may be useful, but perform needed x-ray studies! Management of pregnancy is part of secondary survey.

69 Summary Abruption is commonest cause of fetal death in non-life-threatening trauma to mother. Abruption most likely with abdominal trauma. Abdominal trauma can also cause feto- maternal hemorrhage, uterine rupture, rupture of membranes and pre-term labor.

70 Summary Feto-maternal hemorrhage may be a cause of pre-term labor. KB prep may have value in screening for severe feto-maternal hemorrhage and risk of pre-term labor. One dose of RhoGam is routine in trauma to Rh- mother, regardless of KB results.

71 Summary Pregnant women are vulnerable to apnea and have swollen airways. They may be tolerant of blood loss, with delayed fall in BP. LUD is important for 3 reasons: –Maternal hemodynamics –Fetal oxygenation –DVT prophylaxis

72 Summary Fetal oxygen uptake is proportional to placental blood flow. The fetus will drop heart rate in response to hypoxia. This is the basis for FHR monitoring after maternal trauma. This response is related to the “mammalian diving reflex.”

73 Summary To deliver an intact newborn, perimortem cesarean section should deliver baby within 5 minutes of cessation of maternal circulation and oxygenation.

74 My Website You can download this talk from:

75 Thank you! The End

76 References Astarita: J Trauma, Volume 42(4).April 1997.738-740 Chestnut DH, Obstetric Anesthesia, Principles and Practice, third edition. Colman-Brochu S American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 29(3):186-92, 2004 May-Jun. El Kady D et al American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2004) 190, 1661e8 Elovitz MA American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 185(5):1059-63, 2001 Nov. Ferrara A American Journal of Surgery. 160(5):515-8, 1990 Nov. Judich A Injury, Vol. 29, No. 6, 475-477, 1998. Kingston NJ Am J Forensic Med Pathol 2003;24: 193–197

77 References Mann FA et al The Journal of Trauma (2000) Vol. 48, No. 2, pp.354-357 Miller MT Journal of Trauma Volume 54(1), January 2003, pp 52-60 Muench MV J Trauma. 2004;57:1094–1098. Pearlman MD et al American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 162(6):1502-7; discussion 1507-10, 1990 Jun. Pearlman MD International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 57 (1997) 127-132 Richards JR Radiology 2004; 233:463–470 Shah KH J Trauma Volume 45(1), July 1998, pp 83-86 Warner MW ANZ J. Surg.2004;74: 125–128

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