Although cardiopulmonary arrest rarely occurs in the pregnant woman, it is important that the health care team know the appropriate actions to take in such an event; to promote positive outcomes for both mother and fetus. Specific techniques, personnel, and equipment are required to manage this grave situation. The principles of airway, breathing, and circulation are used as with any client in cardiopulmonary arrest; however, modifications must made because of the physiologic changes that normally occur during pregnancy. If the pregnant woman does not respond to treatment, a cesarean delivery must be attempted within 5 minutes of the arrest if uterine size indicates gestational age of at least 20 weeks. This article describes the adaptations of traditional cardiopulmonary arrest procedures required to treat the pregnant woman who sustains a cardiopulmonary arrest, protocols for managing the communication of the emergency code, emergency equipment that must be available, and the importance of teams in managing mother and neonate

This content is only available as a PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.