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Maternal Collapse in Pregnancy and the Puerperium (Green-top Guideline No. 56)

Published: 17/12/2019

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This is the second edition of this guideline. The first edition was published in 2011 under the same title.

Maternal collapse is a rare but life-threatening event, with a wide ranging aetiology. The outcome primarily for the mother, but also the fetus, depends on prompt and effective resuscitation

The purpose of this guideline is to:

  • Discuss the identification of women at increased risk of maternal collapse
  • Discuss the different causes of maternal collapse
  • Delineate the initial and continuing management of maternal collapse
  • Review maternal and neonatal outcomes

The guideline covers both hospital and community settings, and includes all gestations and the postpartum period. The resuscitation team and equipment and training requirements are also covered.


Declarations of interest

Dr J Chu: None declared.

Dr T A Johnston: None declared.

Dr J Geoghegan: None declared.

Full disclosure of interests for the developer, Guidelines Committee and peer reviewers are available to view online with the full guideline.


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