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Cardiac Arrest in Pregnancy

AHA scientific statement on maternal resuscitation

The American Heart Association’s (AHA) scientific statement on maternal resuscitation includes up-to-date and comprehensive information, guidelines, and recommendations for all aspects of maternal resuscitation. The statement is intended to help health care providers be prepared and provide the best possible care for a maternal cardiac arrest. Among the recommendations are:

• The newly developed in-hospital and out-of-hospital basic life support and advanced cardiovascular life support algorithms should be the backbone of the response plan to a maternal cardiac arrest.

• Special attention should be paid to manual left uterine displacement (LUD), the difficult airway, and appropriate use of perimortem cesarean delivery (PMCD).

• A maternal cardiac arrest committee must be formed at every institution.

• Emergency response plans specific to each institution must be developed and implemented.

Citation: Jeejeebhoy FM, Zelop CM, Lipman S, et al. Cardiac arrest in pregnancy: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. [Published online ahead of print October 6, 2015]. Circulation. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000300.