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J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2008 Jan-Mar;22(1):33-8. doi: 10.1097/01.JPN.0000311873.53699.7e.

The pregnant trauma patient in the intensive care unit: collaborative care to ensure safety and prevent injury.

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  • 1Perinatal Resources, Rumford, Rhode Island, USA.


The pregnant woman who has experienced trauma will need to be transferred to an appropriate setting once she is stabilized. Nursing has evolved into many specialty areas with specific sets of skills developed to care for women in these areas. The trauma team and the intensive care unit team will most likely be uncomfortable with the pregnant woman. The perinatal team may be uncomfortable with the injuries or illness that brought the woman to the trauma unit. Together the combined knowledge of all teams can provide for safe care of the woman and fetus and prevent injury occurring to them. Collaborative care is part of the overall plan of care, which follows a formal plan already established by the leadership teams of the 2 units. The purpose of this article is to review collaborative care in the intensive care unit and to provide an overview of the nursing skill sets necessary to care for the pregnant trauma woman.

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