Management of pregnant trauma patients
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Management of pregnant trauma patients

Philippa Bridgeman Senior sister, A&E department, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Emergency department staff need to understand the physiological and anatomical changes of pregnancy, says PHILIPPA BRIDGEMAN, to meet the challenge of assessing and managing pregnant trauma patients

It is a common social attitude that life for pregnant women should be as near to normal as possible for as long as possible (Drost et al 1990). Pregnant women are therefore usually as exposed to everyday events and potential accidents as anyone else (Colburn 1999).

Emergency Nurse. 12, 5, 22-25. doi: 10.7748/en2004.

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