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burns, domestic violence, management, pregnancy, trauma



  1. Tweddale, Carla J. BSN


Trauma is the leading nonobstetrical cause of maternal death. The effect of trauma on the pregnant woman and unborn fetus can be devastating. The major causes of maternal injury are blunt trauma, penetrating trauma, burns, falls, and assaults. There are specific changes associated with pregnancy that are important for the clinician to consider when providing care to these patients. Initial management of traumatic injuries during pregnancy is essential for maternal and fetal well-being. This review outlines common causes of maternal trauma, the initial assessment of the pregnant trauma patient, and ongoing care for the pregnant trauma patient and unborn fetus.