Obstetric Anesthesia

Publication Date: February 1, 2016
Last Updated: March 14, 2022

Summary of Recommendations

Perianesthetic Evaluation and Preparation

History and Physical Examination

Conduct a focused history and physical examination before providing anesthesia care.
  • This should include, but is not limited to, a maternal health and anesthetic history, a relevant obstetric history, a baseline blood pressure measurement, and an airway, heart, and lung examination, consistent with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) “Practice Advisory for Preanesthesia Evaluation.”
  • When a neuraxial anesthetic is planned or placed, examine the patient’s back.
  • Recognition of significant anesthetic or obstetric risk factors should encourage consultation between the obstetrician and the anesthesiologist.
A communication system should be in place to encourage the early and ongoing contact between obstetric providers, anesthesiologists, and other members of the multidisciplinary team.



Obstetric Anesthesia

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