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Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2007 Aug;21(4):625-38. Epub 2007 Apr 30.

Anticipating and responding to obstetric emergencies.

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  • Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR 97239-3098, USA. guisej@ohsu.edu


During the last 10 years, international attention has focused on the importance of medical errors and patient safety. When obstetric emergencies occur, effective and efficient care is essential for good outcome and safety. This chapter presents a framework for obstetric safety, reviews the impact of obstetric emergencies on global health, and discusses possible interventions to improve the anticipation of and responses to obstetric emergencies.

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