Obstetric anaesthetic service | Association of Anaesthetists

Obstetric anaesthetic service

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The number of parturients requiring advanced level of care is set to increase as the trend towards an older obstetric population with increasing morbidities and levels of obesity continues. As a result, obstetric anaesthetists will continue to take on the role of peripartum physician (paralleling a growing enthusiasm for that of peri-operative physician in non-obstetric practice). These guidelines make a series of recommendations about obstetric anaesthetic practice and include information on:

  • Staffing
  • Services and standards
  • Training and education
  • The labour ward team
  • Support services, equipment, facilities and accommodation