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  • 1. TRAUMA IN PREGNANCY Prof. M.C , Bansal. MBBS. MS. MICOG. FICOG. Founder Principal & controller. Jhlawar Medical College And Hospital , Jhalawar. Ex. Principal & Controller. Mahatma Gandhi Medical College And Hospital ,Sitapura, Jaipur.
  • 2. TYPES OF TRAUMA IN PREGNANCY  Motor vehicle accidents.  Falls and slips.  Burns.  Domestic Violence.  Penetrating Injuries.  Toxic Poisoning.  Sexual Assault.  Suicide and homicide
  • 3. Right Posture and fastened Seat belt with side lock system is safe while driving
  • 4. * most common mechanism of trauma
  • 5. TRAUMA IN PREGNANCY Trauma complicates approximately 1 in 12 pregnancies  It is the leading non-obstetrical cause of maternal death  Trauma has foetal complications as well, and has been reported to increase the incidence of - Spontaneous abortion (SAB) - Preterm premature rupture of membranes - Preterm birth (PTB) - Uterine rupture - Cesarean delivery - Placental abruption - Stillbirth  Placental abruption is major contributing factor in foetal death  Usually 1 in 3 pregnant women admitted to the hospital for trauma will deliver during her hospitalization 
  • 6. UNINTENTIONAL TRAUMA : MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH (MVC) Most common cause of trauma in pregnancy Incidence  207 cases per 100,000 pregnancies  It is one of the leading causes of both maternal and foetal mortality, with estimated mortality rates of 1.4 per 100,000 and 3.7 per 100,000 pregnancies, respectively  The majority of these admissions occur 20 weeks’ gestation Risk factors  The major risk factor for adverse Trauma are improper/ No seat belt use: in both front and rear collisions , Steering ,Dash board injury.  The use of intoxicants while driving has also been reported as a major risk factor  Driving two wheeler / sitting on back seat of it also responsible for MVC 
  • 7. UNINTENTIONAL TRAUMA : MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH (MVC) Obstetrical complications  The major obstetrical concern with MVC is the strain placed on the uterus, which may result in placental abruption Mechanism Shear force (strain)  Tensile force (―countercoup‖ mechanism) Pregnant women involved in MVC appear to be at increased risk for - Emergency Caesarean delivery - Preterm Birth - Perinatal death
  • 8. SLIPS & FALLS DURING PREGNANCY It is known that pregnancy increases joint laxity and weight gain; can affect gait and predispose pregnant women to slips and to falls  Dynamic postural stability decreases with pregnancy, especially during the third trimester  Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women will fall at least once while pregnant Types of Injuries  The fracture of the lower extremity/ pelvis. spine are the most commonly associated injuries.  Blunt injury to abdomen and pregnant uterus.  The majority of falls occur indoors and 39% involve falling from stairs.  Falling on sharp object may lead to penetrating injury also. 
  • 9. SLIPS & FALL DURING PREGNANCY Risk factors  Walking on slippery floors  Hurrying  Carrying heavy objects  Enlarged and distended abdomen prevents clear view of next lower stair while going down—Gown / sari may entangle in steps.  Ghoonghat in Indian women also predispose falls and slips. Obstetrical complication  A 4.4-fold increase in preterm labor  An 8-fold increase in placental abruption  A 2.1-fold increase in foetal distress  A 2.9-fold increase in foetal hypoxia
  • 10. BURNS IN PREGNANCY The impact of burns depends greatly on the burn depth and the total body surface area affected Risk factors  When total body surface area involved exceeds 40%, mortality rate for both mother and foetus approaches 100%  Sepsis is a major contributor to mortality  Maternal and foetal mortality are significantly increased in cases when smoke inhalation has occurred leading to maternal hypoxia / Hyper carbon di oxymea / CO Poisoning. Obstetric complications  Burns during the first trimester have been associated with spontaneous abortion; The majority of these losses will occur within 10 days of sustaining the burn  Thermal injury also appears to increase the risk of Preterm birth 
  • 11. ELECTROCUTION DURING PREGNANCY  Among 15 cases of severe electrocution during pregnancy, foetal mortality May Be as high as 73% POISONING DURING PREGNANCY Poisoning relates mostly to intentional poisoning and / or suicide attempts  Accidental poisoning is not as widely reported and its actual incidence unclear 
  • 12. INTENTIONAL TRAUMA DURING PREGNANCY The most common form of intentional trauma is domestic violence (DV) or intimate partner violence (IPV) Incidence  Frequency during pregnancy ranging from 1- 57 %  This wide range is due to inclusion of emotional, verbal, and/or physical violence within the definition of DV/IPV Risk factors  Maternal or intimate partner---- substance abuse  Low maternal educational level & low socioeconomic status  Unintended pregnancy  History of DV prior to pregnancy  Unmarried status 
  • 13. TYPES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Beating --- hurt on abdomen—with leg. Stick.  Pushing down from stairs.  Pushing her out of door  Torched with burning objects –wood , candle , Hot Iron ,hot iron rod ,intentional Kerosene stove burn/ cooking gas stove accident s  Sharp objects like kitchen knife,  NO food / drink even water for whole day and night.  Abusement.  Electric shock.  Pushing the head against pillar / wall. 
  • 14. INTENTIONAL TRAUMA DURING PREGNANCY Adverse pregnancy outcomes associated with DV/IPV  Increased rate of Spontaneous abortion. APH , Uterine rupture  Preterm birth  Low birth weight .  Admissions of new born in Neonatal intensive care unit  Maternal Morbidity and mortality increases---- as incidence of emergency operative delivery also increase.
  • 15. PENETRATING TRAUMA IN PREGNANCY In one study, penetrating trauma accounted for 9% of all pregnant trauma admissions  Of those, 73% were handgun-, 23% knife-, and 4% shotgun related.  Fall on sharp object and bull horn injury are common in rural Indian women  Penetrating trauma in pregnancy is associated with - Increased foetal mortality (as high as 73%) - Increased hospital stay, - Complications such as intestinal perforation . Haemo peritoneum due to intra abdominal organs like liver .spleen. Pregnant uterus. Big vessels etc. 
  • 16. SUICIDE & HOMICIDE IN PREGNANCY Incidence  Estimated rates of suicide and homicide in pregnancy were about 2.0/100,000 and 2.9/100,000 live births, respectively  Suicide are more common in post natal period due to puerperal psychosis and accounts for approximately 20% of postpartum maternal deaths.  Interestingly, pregnancy may be protective in those women who are otherwise at high risk for suicide or homicide Risk factor  Substance abuse appears to be the best identifier for detecting women at risk for suicide  Another major risk factor for attempting suicide, especially during the postpartum period, is foetal or infant death  Often associated with / precipitated by DV/IPV
  • 17. SUICIDE & HOMICIDE IN PREGNANCY Risk factor  Unsuccessful suicide attempts have also been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes Obstetric outcome  Women who attempted unsuccessful suicide had increased risk of - Premature labor - Cesarean delivery - Need for Blood transfusion - Increased respiratory distress syndrome in new born - Low birthweight  Suicide attempt by intentional self-poisoning clearly affects both foetus and mother; maternal death occurs in 1.8% of cases after suicide attempts by ingestion of medication
  • 19. USG –M mode of Fetal heart activity In awomen who had blunt Trauna of abdomen
  • 20. Chest Injury In Road side accident of a pregnant woman
  • 21. Fracture Pelvis And injury to bladder Road accident of pregnant women in early weeks of gestation
  • 22. X Ray Pelvis – Arrow Showing Penetrating Injury abdomen in a pregnant women
  • 24. MANAGEMENT When caring for the pregnant patient who has suffered trauma, the primary management goal is to stabilize the condition of the mother, as foetal outcomes are directly correlated with early and aggressive maternal resuscitation  Pregnant women should be immediately transported to a centre that is:  (1) Capable of undertaking a timely and thorough trauma evaluation (2) Facilities for management of life-threatening injuries are available’ (3) having ICU for obstetrical emergency an New born The initial maternal evaluation (primary survey) should follow nonpregnant guidelines and include a full trauma history and vital signs assessment as well as displacement of the gravid uterus to one side by tilting the women in left lateral position.  When possible, joint evaluation of the patient by Medical Jurist, trauma managing and obstetrical team should be 
  • 25.  When fetus is viable, Start fetal monitoring along with management
  • 26. MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS Pregnancy should not lead to under diagnosis or under treatment of trauma due to the fears of adverse foetal effects, e.g. - Decision to do investigations (CT, X-Ray) - Decision to undertake surgery etc.  When possible, uterus should be displaced to left side as it - Relieves compression on IVC & Aorta - Improves venous return and foeto placental circulation too  When foetus is viable, continuous foetal monitoring should be initiated as soon as possible & foetal monitoring can be discontinued after 4 hours if uterine contractions occur less frequently than every 10 minutes, the foetal heart tracing is reassuring, and there is no maternal abdominal pain or vaginal bleeding  Simultaneous evaluation by trauma & obstetrical teams may be indicated 
  • 27. MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS Personnel trained in difficult intubation should be readily available, because - Difficult airway - Association with cervical spine injury  Penetrating injuries are more likely to affect the foetus, especially those penetrating the pregnant uterus.  If a thoracostomy tube is indicated, it should be placed 1-2 intercostal spaces above usual fifth intercostal space landmark to avoid abdominal placement & liver injury as the diaphragm is lifted up by the pregnant uterus.  Pelvic fractures do not necessarily preclude vaginal delivery  If peritoneal lavage is indicated, an open technique is preferred .  a placement of a Foley catheter and nasogastric tube 
  • 28. MANAGEMENT CONSIDERATIONS  In second- and third-trimester burn victims, delivery should be considered if affected total affected body surface area is 50% Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) is reliable during pregnancy  This targeted ultrasound assesses 4 areas for evidence of free fluid: the subxiphoid; the right upper quadrant; the left upper quadrant; and the suprapubic area   Perimortem cesarean section may be appropriate in setting of imminent maternal death or after 4 min of properly performed but unsuccessful cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • 29. Key words of injury - including ―motor vehicle accident /crash,‖ ―burns,‖ ―falls,‖ ―slips,‖ ―accidental overdose,‖ ―domestic violence,‖ ―suicide,‖ ―homicide,‖ ―penetrating abdominal wound,‖ and ―intentional overdose‖  Mechanism  Management strategies – Immediate and thorough clinical evaluation by team of medical jurist General surgeon, orthopaedician and obstetrician, Monitoring and management of Vital signs, essential investigations to exactly know the severity of trauma – Xray ,CT , MRI , ultrasound, foetal monitoring, and individualized obstetrical management including perimortem caesarean section.