Intrapartum maternal and fetal monitoring: The obstetric intensive care unit

B. K. Young, H. N. Weinstein, M. Katz

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The Obstetric Intensive Care Unit (OBICU) at Bellevue Hospital in New York City has adapted intensive care and coronary care models to the care of patients in labor. During the past 3 years, 519 of the most serious of 2250 high-risk obstetric patients treated at the hospital were monitored in the OBICU. There were two maternal and six perinatal deaths. The perinatal mortality rate of the high risk population of the OBICU was 11.6/1000, compared to 14.7/1000 for all deliveries performed at the hospital. Our findings indicate that the OBICU system provides the ideal mechanism for the rapid and continuous control of symptoms in very high risk gravidas which is essential for stabilizing the patient, both for prompt delivery and for optimal maternal and fetal survival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-529
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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