Am J Perinatol 2020; 37(08): 825-828
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1709683
Clinical Opinion
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Operating Room Guide for Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Pregnant Patients Requiring Cesarean Delivery

1  Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
,
Joseph Reno
2  Department of Anesthesiology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
,
Heather Lortz
3  Department of Labor and Delivery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
,
Kasey Fiorini
2  Department of Anesthesiology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
,
Maged M. Costantine
1  Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio
› Author Affiliations
Funding None.
Further Information

Publication History

27 March 2020

30 March 2020

Publication Date:
09 April 2020 (online)

Abstract

We sought to provide a clinical practice protocol for our labor and delivery (L&D) unit, to care for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients requiring cesarean delivery. A multidisciplinary team approach guidance was designed to simplify and streamline the flow and care of patient with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 requiring cesarean delivery. A protocol was designed to improve staff readiness, minimize risks, and streamline care processes. This is a suggested protocol which may not be applicable to all health care settings but can be adapted to local resources and limitations of individual L&D units. Guidance and information are changing rapidly; therefore, we recommend continuing to update the protocol as needed.

Key Points

  • Cesarean delivery for confirmed or suspected novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients

  • Team-based approach for streamline care

  • Labor and delivery protocols for COVID-19 positive patients

Note

The opinions and assertions contained herein are the private opinions of the authors and are not to be construed as official or reflecting the views of the Ohio State University, Department of Defense, or the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.