In the absence of complications, pregnancy is a simple and natural process culminating in childbirth and requires little external intervention. However, due to the unpredictability of birth outcome, skilled attendance at delivery is recommended, in or within easy access to a health facility, to enable appropriate management of complications in case of need. It is determined by the doctor whether the patient is normal or obstetrically complicated.
Obstetric patients are generally physically fit, yet they go through catastrophic complications. Even though there is an advancement in the pharmaceutical industry small number maternal morbidity and mortality continue to occur. Changes keep taking place in the maternal physiology to fulfil the needs of her health, fetus and the newborn, during the pregnancy and puerperium.
What is an Obstetric ICU?
It is an ICU which is dedicated to obstetric patients who have developed multi?organ failure which necessitates specialized care by intensivist/ nephrologist/ cardiologist, pulmonologist/ endocrinologist etc
Why is obstetrical care important?
A pregnant woman’s doctor considers all aspects of labor, delivery, and postpartum care suitable for the patient.
At OCCU the doctor knows approximately when the labor begins by understanding the interpreting signs that a woman is approaching labor. One of these signs is when a woman’s “water breaks,” where the fluid-filled sac surrounding the fetus ruptures. Water breaking is not always a sign that woman will go into labor soon, labor can still occur weeks later post breaking of water.
Who requires OCCU?
A pregnant woman is more prone to develop life-threatening complications initially or at the final stage of pregnancy without a warning.
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Obstetric complications require women to have access to quality maternal health services that can detect and manage life-threatening obstetric complications. These women need 24X7personalized care by skilled experts, essentially led by obstetricians or Emergency Obstetric
The OCCU set-up is managed by the anesthesiologists, but the decision of admitting the patients to OCCU is governed by the obstetric team. All critically ill obstetric patients who require hemodynamic monitoring and vasopressor support, invasive or non-invasive ventilator care and also patients with severe organ dysfunction are admitted to the OCCU. Medical and surgical consultations are taken when required
Cost of OCCU service
Childbirth can be a costly process for many households, hence prior financial arrangements are necessary to be made either through savings or through appropriate medical insurance seeking obstetric care. The cost of childbirth is largely determined by the place of delivery and the type of delivery and extent of complications. Costs usually span beyond the medical costs associated with service delivery, to include transport( ambulance) to and fro and time costs as well as unofficial payments associated with care. They can also include costs of neonatal hospital referral in the case of neonatal complications following delivery.
Currae Hospitals understand the importance of providing good obstetric care for obstetric patients. We provide timely assessment and intervention of critically ill obstetrical patients and the provision of separate OCCU care under the supervision of a team of experts involving obstetricians and anesthesiologists at an affordable price.