The OB ICU - Does It Exist?


Adult ICU RN here, just wondering if any hospitals out there have dedicated beds and/or staff for OB/GYN ICU patients. We see an rare pregnant patient just about as rarely as we have a post-section that went poorly.

Specializes in Nurse Manager, Labor and Delivery.

There are some out there. Many of them specialize in high risk pregnancy (severe cardiomyopathy or other heart related issues) that require invasive monitoring. There used to be one in the Philly area, but I am not sure if it is still up and running.

Elvish, BSN, DNP, RN, NP

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Specializes in Community, OB, Nursery.

There is one in my state as well, I think it is small - under 5 beds. They see stuff like emboli, DIC, PP cardiomyopathy, eclampsia, etc.

The ICUs at my hospital have pregnant women in their unit along with everyone else. If they need fetal monitoring, L&D goes down there however often orders say to monitor her to run the strip.

tablefor9, RN

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Specializes in ICU, Home Health, Camp, Travel, L&D. Has 16 years experience.

Our L&D will admit a patient that is OB-ICU to our L&D unit or one of our ICUs and work collaboratively with ICU staff to manage patient care. We also open our high-risk OB inservices to the ICU RNs. Perhaps you could work to develop a similar program at your's gone over well, here.