Opinion

Obstetric critical care services in South Africa

Edward Chandia Buga, Gladness Dakalo Nethathe, Lufuno Rudo Mathivha

Abstract


More than half of all global maternal deaths occur in Africa. A large percentage of these deaths are preventable, and lack of access to adequate critical care facilities is a contributing factor. There are limited published data on the clinical and management challenges presented by the critically ill obstetric patient admitted to the intensive care unit in our setting, and more data are required in order to better define the critical care needs of this group of patients.


Authors' affiliations

Edward Chandia Buga, Intensive Care Unit, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, and Division of Critical Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Gladness Dakalo Nethathe, Intensive Care Unit, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, and Division of Critical Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Lufuno Rudo Mathivha, Intensive Care Unit, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, and Division of Critical Care, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Keywords

Intensive care; Pregnancy; Maternal health

Cite this article

South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2015;21(1):4-5. DOI:10.7196/sajog.954

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-12-10
Date published: 2015-05-21

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