Obstetric Anesthesia care
A significant number of women require advice and care from anaesthetists before, during or after childbirth. The requirement is often urgent and may occur at any time.
Obstetric Anaesthesia is providing safe skilled analgesia and anesthesia for pregnant patients. This includes:
Obstetric Unit provides 24-hour service for the analgesic, anaesthetic and resuscitation requirements of women admitted to the hospitals with conditions associated with childbirth. Whenever available a named consultant should have responsibility for the organization and management of the service. Specialist has to be assessed as competent by a consultant anaesthetist with responsibility for obstetric anaesthetic services before undertaking obstetric anaesthesia care.
Mothers may require specialist consultation, assessment and advice. Anaesthetists are responsible for analgesia, anaesthesia, resuscitation and intensive care. An on call anaesthetist, is available for the provision of anaesthesia for an instrumental oroperative procedure.
The on call anaesthesia consultant will cover the obstetric unit when the on call specialist is busy. Pre and post procedure visiting of patients for assessment and explanation, early detection of complications. Written notes and records of all visits and clinical procedures undertaken should be documented.
Maternity unit must have access to an appropriately staffed ICU for transfer of patients, either pre- or post- delivery as required. That whilst in the ICU, patients will continue to receive obstetric care from the obstetric team involved.
Training and Education