Cardiac Arrest during Pregnancy: The Role of Nurses

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Pornnisa Sanboonsong
Somjai Puttapitukpol
Kinnaree Chaisawan

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          Cardiac arrest during pregnancy is an obstetric emergency that affects the lives of both the pregnant woman and the fetus. The immediate management is therefore necessary to prepare for emergency situation. The emergency preparation should involve multidisciplinary team, equipment, and nurse competencies. The readiness of nurses include both knowledge and practical skills to effectively care for pregnant women with cardiac arrest from initial assessment of pregnant women who probably have cardiac arrest risk factors then, during cardiac arrest, and post-cardiac arrest for rehabilitation. This article aims at presenting cardiac arrest during pregnancy, potential etiology of maternal cardiac arrest, cardio pulmonary resuscitation in pregnancy and nurses role.

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