December 16, 2020

Take Home Points
  • This is a resuscitative hysterotomy - focus is on saving the mother first. Delivering the fetus can improve venous return thus increasing chance to save mom
  • Don’t focus on gestational age to make the decision - if you think the belly is big enough to be causing compression of vascular structures, the procedure is indicated
  • Once you’ve made the decision - it’s go time. The faster you do it, the more likely you can salvage mom and the fetus
  • Large vertical incision to maximize exposure, locate uterus, vertical incision with scalpel and extend with scissors

February 3, 2020

The perimortem cesarean section, or better named the resuscitative hysterotomy, is a procedure that is performed at or near death of a pregnant patient.  Most experts agree that this procedure should be performed in a maternal arrest with a pregnancy ≥24 weeks of gestation.  Although there is no real data regarding the optimal time to delivery post-arrest, survival drastically decreases when the time from maternal death to delivery reaches 5 minutes (ie. Therefore a 4 minute rule has become standard). In this talk from Rebellion in EM 2019, Dr. Jaime Hope, MD walks us through the steps of performing this stressful procedure.
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