Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a rare obstetric catastrophe that occurs suddenly and without warning. AFE is a condition that is poorly understood and often difficult to diagnose, but has a high maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Since it was first described in 1926, the underlying pathophysiology has eluded researchers and clinicians. While a new understanding of the syndrome has emerged with the advent of a national registry in the 1980s, recommendations for diagnostic methods and treatment in the acute phase of the event remain unclear.The purpose of this article is to provide the reader with a historical look at the phenomenon of AFE, a description of its suspected pathophysiology, and recommendations for nursing interventions. A review of data from the national registry and other classic studies are included.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||MCN The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing|
|State||Published - Aug 2 2006|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pharmacology (nursing)
- Maternity and Midwifery