Diane J. Angelini, CNM, EdD, FACNM, FAAN is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology, Brown University and Director of Nurse Midwifery at Women and Infants’ Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, since 1990.
Obstetric Triage Revisited: Update on Non-Obstetric Surgical Conditions in Pregnancy
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2003 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 48, Issue 2, pages 111–118, March-April 2003
How to Cite
Angelini, D. J. (2003), Obstetric Triage Revisited: Update on Non-Obstetric Surgical Conditions in Pregnancy. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 48: 111–118. doi: 10.1016/S1526-9523(02)00417-8
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
New findings and diagnostic advances warrant revisiting key features of acute non-obstetric abdominal pain in pregnancy. Four of the most frequently seen conditions warranting surgical intervention are: appendicitis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis, and bowel obstruction. Because pregnancy often masks abdominal complaints, effectively assessing and triaging abdominal pain in pregnant women can be difficult. Working in obstetric triage settings and triaging obstetric phone calls demand continual updating of abdominal assessment knowledge and clinical skills.