Maternal collapse is a rare but life-threatening event with a wide-ranging aetiology. The outcome, primarily for the mother but also for 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.