The need for prehospital resuscitative hysterotomy/perimortem caesarean section is rare. The procedures can be daunting and clinically challenging for practitioners. Maternal death can be averted by swift and decisive action. This guideline serves to inform prehospital practitioners about conducting maternal resuscitation following cardiac arrest, provides an evidence-based framework to support decision making and highlights areas for improvement in prehospital care.
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Contributor The following individuals contributed directly to the preparation of the materials presented at the consensus meeting from which this document was derived: N Abeysinghe, C Bosanko, C Cox, J Chu, N Crombie, C Leech, R Moss, M Nash, F Plaat, J Ralph, M Russell, M Wyse.
The following individuals contributed directly to the composition of the guidance explanations contained within this document: T Johnston, K Hinshaw, S Paterson-Brown.
Funding Clinical Standards Committee, Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care.
Competing interests Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
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