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AACN Adv Crit Care. 2018 Fall;29(3):327-335. doi: 10.4037/aacnacc2018958.

Pulmonary Edema in Obstetrics: Essential Facts for Critical Care Nurses.

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Rebecca L. Cypher is a Perinatal Nurse Practitioner and Consultant, 7814 108th St NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332 (


Pulmonary edema is an acute pregnancy complication that, if uncorrected, can result in increased maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Although pulmonary edema is relatively rare in the general obstetrics population, pregnant patients are at increased risk for pulmonary edema because of the physiologic changes of pregnancy. The risk may be exacerbated by certain pregnancy-related diseases, such as preeclampsia. Prompt identification and appropriate clinical management of pulmonary complications is critical to prevent adverse outcomes in pregnant patients. This article reviews the collaborative treatment of pulmonary edema in pregnant women with complex critical illnesses.


critical care; fetal physiology; obstetrics; pregnancy; prenatal care; pulmonary edema

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