What is the most important anesthetic goal during the care of a pregnant patient?
Avoidance of decreased uteroplacental blood flow.
What is the effect of pregnancy on spinal and epidural dose requirements?
Local anesthetic dose requirements are reduced because of 1) decreased volume of epidural and spinal space, and 2) increased sensitivity of nerves to block.
Pregnant patients demonstrate more rapid induction, emergence, and change in the depth of anesthesia because of...
INCREASED MV:FRC RATIO
By how much is minute ventilation changed at term pregnancy?
50% increase - due to increased tidal volume
Which two factors predispose the pregnant patient to the development of rapid hypoxemia upon development of apnea?
1) Increased VO2
2) Decreased FRC
What is the common relationship between Closing Capacity and FRC in pregnant patients when supine? How often?
Closing Capacity exceeds FRC in 50% of supine pregnant patients.
What is the effect of progesterone on the airway?
Progesterone leads to decreased airway resistance.
What accounts for the change in FRC in pregnancy?
Decreased RV accounts for the decrease in FRC seen in pregnancy.
What happens to PaO2 in pregnancy? To what can this change be attributed?
PaO2 increases in pregnancy. This can be accounted for by the decrease in PaCO2.
When is cardiac output greatest in the setting of pregnancy?
Immediately postpartum (60 - 80% increase over the nonpregnant state)
What is the change in cardiac output observed during pregnancy?
Cardiac output increases by 40% at term.
What happens to plasma volume and RBC mass during pregnancy?
Plasma volume increases 40%
Red cell volume increases 20%
What happens to BP during pregnancy?
First, BP should never rise above non-pregnant levels at any time. BP usually decreases during the 2nd trimester, but tends to return to normal during the 3re trimester.
What are the two principal GI changes associated with pregnancy?
Cephalad displacement of the stomach
Decreased LES tone
What is the syndrome associated with chemical pneumonitis secondary to aspiration of gastric acid?
What happens to renal function during pregnancy?
Renal blood flow and GFR are both increased by about 50% during pregnancy.
What happens to pseudocholinesterase levels in pregnancy? What about succinylcholine dosing?
They are reduced. Succinylcholine effects, however, are not prolonged.
What happens to serum albumin during pregnancy?
It is decreased, resulting in higher free blood levels of all drugs which rely on protein binding.
What feature of the uteroplacental circulation is especially important in the management of uteroplacental blood flow?
It is NOT autoregulated.
What is the umbilical artery/vein structure?
Two umbilical arteries. One umbilical vein, which carries oxygenated blood to the fetus.
What is the PO2 of umbilical arterial blood (blood which has traveled through the fetus and returns to the placenta)? What is the SO2?
20 mmHg; 40%
What is the impact of elevated uterine venous pressure?
Increased uterine venous pressure reduces uterine perfusion pressure.
What are the determinants of transplacental diffusion of drugs?
What are five important drugs which DO NOT CROSS the placenta?
What is the mnemonic for recalling the drugs which do not cross the placenta?
"He Is Going Nowhere Soon."
TESTED POINT: What is the beneficial effect of fetal-to-maternal CO2 transfer?
It enhances maternal-to-fetal oxygen transfer.
Which four anesthetic drugs are "probably safe" during labor?
Small doses of:
Thiopental (4 mg/kg)
Why is thiopental usually safe in labor?
Thiopental is usually safe because the fetus is removed before peak serum concentrations reaches the placenta.
What are the stages of labor?
1) Cervical dilation
2) Delivery of the fetus
3) Delivery of the placenta
Which block can relieve the pain of the first stage of labor but not the second stage?
Which block can relieve the pain of the second stage of labor but not the first stage?
Pudendal Nerve Block
Which two blocks are not effective during the second stage of labor?
Lumbar sympathetic block
Which crosses the placenta more effectively, bupivacaine or lidocaine?
Lidocaine; it is less protein-bound than bupivacaine.
What is a risk of epidural test dose in the laboring patient?
In the case of accidental intravenous injection, the epinephrine WILL decrease uterine blood flow. However, the benefit of the test dose is believed to outweigh the risk.
What are advantages of GA in the parturient?
Absence of hypotension seen with regional
What dose of volatile agent can be administered without a decrease in uterine blood flow or depression of the fetus?
What is the risk associated with chloroprocaine spinal? And lidocaine spinal?
ADHESIVE ARACHNOIDITIS; TNS
What are the disadvantages of caudal anesthesia in the parturient?
Accidental subarachnoid or IV injection, infection, injection into the fetus, and inability to raise the level of the block should C-section become necessary.
What is an appropriate medication and dose for caudal anesthesia in the parturient?
10 - 12 mL of 0.25% bupivacaine
Which condition should be first on the differential diagnosis of hypotension after the first trimester of pregnancy?
What is the appropriate course for the treatment of hypotension in a pregnant patient?
3) Phenylephrine or Ephedrine
What are the two most common complications of regional for parturients?
Accidental subarachnoid or IV injection.
What steps should be taken prior to induction of anesthesia in an emergency C-section?
1) Sodium citrate
2) Placement of monitors
3) Eval fluid status
4) FINALLY... recheck fetus
What are five indications for C-section with GENERAL ANESTHESIA?
What is the most important factor determining fetal outcome following C-section?
Time from uterine incision to delivery of the fetus
What is a Frank Breech presentation?
Frank Breech means the buttocks is presenting. Feet are against the face.
What are the fetal risks associated with breech delivery? Maternal?
Fetal risks include asphyxia due to cord compression and IVH due to trauma. Maternal risks include hemorrhage, infection, and retained placenta.
What are the specific risks leading to elevated maternal mortality in association with multiple gestations?
What are the risks associated with twin-twin transfusion?
Twin A: CHF and polycythemia
Twin B: Anemia and hypovolemia
What are the risks to the second and subsequent neonates following birth of the first baby?
Second twin depression can occur, due to prolonged contractions and early placental separation.
How much longer is the labor in multiple gestations?
It is not longer; labor is shorter with multiple gestations.
Which precautions should be undertaken prior to delivery of multiple gestations?
1) Blood cross-matched
2) 2 IVs
3) MDs available for resuscitation
What is the diagnosis of preeclampsia?
Two BPs of 140/90 or greater in the presence of proteinuria 2g/day
What is the diagnosis of severe preeclampsia?
Two BPs of 160/110 or greater in the presence of proteinuria.
A woman with preeclampsia and abdominal pain should be suspected of having...
HELLP Syndrome. Abdominal pain could be caused by hepatic inflammation.
Incidence of preeclampsia is greatest among mothers who undergo rapid uterine enlargement, such as...
(also common in past Preeclampsia)
Magnesium effects are VASST...
Skeletal muscle relaxant
What are the two effects of magnesium on the skeletal muscle?
1) Decreases ACh release
2) Decreases endplate sensitivity to ACh
What happens upon succinylcholine dosing in a patient with therapeutic magnesium level?
Fasciculations are absent.
Sux dose should be 50% of normal dose.
Why is captopril avoided in the treatment of HTN in pregnant women?
Captopril has been associated with fetal death, IUGR, and renal problems.
What constitutes ideal anesthetic management of the patient with preeclampsia?
Epidural is a great choice, unless emergent or extremely severe.
What should be done prior to placement of an epidural in a patient with severe preeclampsia?
Give aspiration prophylaxis
What constitutes ideal anesthetic management of the patient with eclampsia?
Secure the airway with thiopental and succinylcholine, then deliver the child.
What are 6 causes of maternal hemorrhage?
What is the incidence of placenta previa? What is a known risk factor?
0.1 - 1%. Increasing age is a risk factor.
What is the typical presentation of placenta previa? What should be the first step in management?
Painless vaginal bleeding. The first step is to obtain an emergency sonogram.
What is a good choice for anesthetic in a parturient with severe and active bleeding?
GA with ketamine.
Which cause of hemorrhage in the parturient is the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide?
What is the approach to non-obstetric surgery for pregnant patients, based on urgency?
Elective surgery should be postponed until delivery, AFTER physiology returns to normal. Urgent surgery should be postponed until after the first trimester.
Why is the first trimester the riskiest time to undergo non-obstetric surgery? (two reasons)
2) Highest risk of miscarriage
Which monitors and preparations are necessary for non-obstetric surgery in the parturient?
FHR monitoring after 20 weeks
LUD after first trimester
What is the best approach to anesthetic medications for pregnant patients undergoing non-obstetric surgery?
Opioids are great because they can reduce the need for volatile anesthetics, thereby attenuating BP reduction. Also, opioids are very useful for the pregnant patient with cardiac disease. BE SURE TO INFORM THE PEDIATRICIAN OF OPIOID DOSING IF DELIVERY IS TO BE PERFORMED.
Which drugs should be avoided in pregnant patients undergoing non-obstetric surgery?
Midazolam and diazepam
What is diffusion hypoxia?
When delivery of N2O is stopped, the high concentration in blood leads to rapid transfer to the alveoli, potentially diluting the O2 content of the alveolus. For this reason, delivery of a high concentration of O2 is indicated upon cessation of N2O delivery.
Why is it important to avoid hyperventilation in the pregnant patient during anesthesia?
1) Left-shift of O2-Hb curve
2) Umbilical arterial constriction
3) May reduce venous return and, thereby, maternal CO.
What are the keys to anesthetic management (not including drugs) of the pregnant patient for non-obstetric surgery?
Strongly consider regional
Consider monitoring of PaCO2 rather than PETCO2
Have a plan of action if there is a persistent nonreassuring FHT.
Which is better for the prevention of maternal hypotension: ephedrine or phenylephrine? Why?
Phenylephrine may be preferable because ephedrine is associated with lower umbilical arterial pH.
What about NMBs and reversal agents?
Just be sure to administer reversal slowly. Glycopyrrolate does not cross the placenta.
What is the published risk of preterm labor related to non-obstetric surgery? When is it lowest?
The risk appears to be around 22%, with lowest risk in the second trimester.
When does FHR variability develop?
Between weeks 25 - 27 of gestation. This is a reassuring sign of fetal well-being.
Which type of regional is not recommended for non-obstetric surgery in the pregnant patient?
Paracervical block is not recommended. Bear in mind that most abdominal surgeries during pregnancy will require GA with definitive airway control.
What is the latest consensus related to the use of nitrous oxide in pregnant patients?
Scientific evidence does NOT support avoidance of nitrous oxide during pregnancy, particularly after the 6th week of gestation. A cautious approach would restriction N2O to concentrations of 50% or less, and limit use in prolonged anesthetics.
What has been the concern related to the use of nitrous oxide in pregnant patients in the past?
Nitrous has been shown to inhibit methionine synthetase. In past, there was concern that N2O would impair DNA synthesis in the fetus.
What are the guidelines regarding DC cardioversion during pregnancy?
It is safe... little current reaches the fetus. FHR monitoring is indicated.
What management strategy should be considered if initial resuscitation efforts are ineffective following cardiorespiratory arrest of a pregnant patient?
Which drugs are administered to increase uterine tone?
Which medication is useful in the developing world for treatment of PPH?
Misoprostol - it's thermostable and doesn't require IV access.
Which drugs or drug classes are used to DECREASE uterine tone?
What are the effects of beta-2 agonism?
Drives K+ into RBCs and muscle cells
What are two very concerning side effects of the beta agonists used for tocolysis?
What is the predominant autonomic influence on the ciliary muscle? What is the ciliary muscle?
Parasympathetic. The ciliary muscle controls accommodation by stretching the lens of the eye for far vision. Relaxation (mediated by beta-2 agonism) promotes near vision by enabling the lens to become more spherical.
What proportion of resting arterial pressure is determined by renin activity?
85% (according to Miller)
What are the two major effects of magnesium at the NMJ?
Decreased ACh release
Decreased postsynaptic ACh sensitivity
Which class of tocolytics is associated with premature closure of the PDA, pulmonary HTN, and may predispose to bleeding problems?
COX (prostaglandin synthetase) inhibitors
What is thought to be the cause of early FHR decelerations?
Compression of the fetal head, which leads to vagal stimulation of the fetus.
What are late FHR decelerations?
FHR decelerations which begin after the onset of a uterine contraction AND persist after its conclusion.
What is thought to be the cause of late FHR decelerations?
UTEROPLACENTAL INSUFFICIENCY. Immediate delivery is NOT mandatory, but fetal scalp pH probably should be checked.
What are variable FHR decelerations?
Slowing of the FHR without direct relation to uterine contractions.
When are variable decelerations concerning? What can they indicate?
Variable decelerations lasting longer than one minute suggest severe fetal acidosis with imminent in utero death.
What is the most reliable method for assessment of fetal lung maturity?
What are the components of amniocentesis?
Phospholipids (L/S ratio)
What are two important methods by which to assess fetal maturity and placental function?
Oxytocin stress test
Fetal nonstress test
How is the oxytocin stress test performed? What are criteria for a positive test result?
Oxytocin is given until contractions occur at a rate of 3 in 10 minutes. In a positive test, the fetus develops consistent late decels. A negative result is a very reliable indicator of fetal well-being.
What is a "reactive" nonstress test result?
10 movements occur within 30 minutes, and each movement is associated with an increase in FHR.
What is the "G" in Apgar? What are the three possible ratings in this category?
GRIMACE - reflex irritability in response to a catheter in the nose. Normal response is cough, sneeze, or pull away. Impaired response is grimace only. Zero points for absent response.
What are the steps of neonatal resuscitation?
1) Airway 2) Closed chest cardiac massage 3) Cannulate the umbilical artery 4) Drugs
What is the safety of anticholinesterases in the parturient?
Anticholinesterase therapy should be continued during labor.
How is neonatal myasthenia treated?
Generally, anticholinesterase therapy is needed for the first three weeks of life.
What are the risks of neonatal myasthenia?
Newborns of mothers with myasthenia gravis are at elevated risk for the development of RESPIRATORY INSUFFICIENCY.
What are the characteristics of Eisenmenger's Syndrome?
Pulmonary hypertension with intracardiac right-to-left shunt
Two major side effects associated with the ergot alkaloids (methylergonovine) include...
Hypertension and Bronchospasm
Why are patients with placenta previa and uterine scar from previous C-section at high risk of emergency hysterectomy for uncontrolled uterine bleeding?
Because of the likelihood of placenta accreta
What is the risk of placenta accreta in a patient with placenta previa and a previous C-section?
10 - 30%
What is the risk of placenta accreta in a patient with placenta previa and two previous C-sections?
40 - 70%
What happens to the elimination half-life of 2-chloroprocaine in the setting of homozygous atypical pseudocholinesterase?
It will be prolonged from 21 minutes to about 2 hours
Which property of epidurally administered LAs determines the extent to which the drug's effect is prolonged by epinephrine?
Which three antihypertensives can be associated with postpartum hemorrhage?
Nitroprusside, nitroglycerin, and nifedipine
What are six side effects associated with Hemabate (carboprost)?
What are three treatments that can reduce shivering in parturients?
Sufentanil, meperidine, and warmed IV fluids
What is the appropriate neonatal resuscitation dose of epi?
0.1 - 0.3 mL/kg of 1:10,000 (10 - 30 mcg/kg)