Infection and acute respiratory distress syndrome during pregnancy: A case series of preventable maternal deaths from southern India

Vasudeva, Akhila and Bhat, Rajeshwari G and Ramachandran, Amar and Kumar, Pratap (2013) Infection and acute respiratory distress syndrome during pregnancy: A case series of preventable maternal deaths from southern India. Journal of Infection and Public Health, 6 (1). pp. 55-57. ISSN 1876-0341

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Abstract

Introduction: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is common among women admitted to obstetric intensive care units, and it contributes significantly, both directly and indirectly, to maternal deaths. Case series: We present a case series of ARDS in pregnant women caused by non-obstetric causes. The women were treated at a tertiary hospital in southern India. The striking features were delayed referral from the primary care unit and the lack of a primary diagnosis or treatment. Undiagnosed rheumatic heart disease, anemia, and malaria and H1N1 epidemics contributed to these cases of ARDS and maternal death. Conclusion: It is necessary to increase the awareness of evidence-based uniform protocols to tackle common medical complaints during pregnancy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acute respiratory; disstress syndrome; (ARDS); pregnancy; maternal mortality.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2015 05:06
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2015 05:06
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/143303

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