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Anestesia Analgesia Reanimación

Print version ISSN 0255-8122On-line version ISSN 1688-1273


PALLEJA, Martín Pérez De; SOLARI, Carlos Álvarez  and  RAMIREZ, Mauricio Vasco. Checklists: Obstetric crisis. Anest Analg Reanim [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.2, pp.13-35. ISSN 0255-8122.


Crisis in patients in obstetrical care are unlikely events. If they occur, it is required to deal with them promptly and skillfully.

Nowadays, there is evidence that checklists can help to achieve a better outcome.


To create a tool suitable for the Uruguayan circumstances. This tool will provide cognitive aid in situations of crisis in the obstetric population.


The work group decided on the checklists to be included in the handbook. Checklists made by Ariadne Labs were taken into consideration.

Throughout all stages of this work, updated bibliography and scientific evidence were considered.


Eleven checklists were made on patients with obstetric crisis. These were created given the treatments and drugs available in Uruguay, moreover, they can be downloaded free of charge.

Discussion and conclusions:

After careful study of the available papers that supports the use of checklists, they conclude that the use of these, provide a better outcome when dealing with a crisis. In addition, there are many existing tools extremely beneficial in this situation. However, the use of checklist in isolation is not enough to guarantee a positive result.

A handbook of obstetric emergency was presented featuring a clear and updated content, which is suitable to this country reality.

Keywords : Crisis; cognitive aid; fetal maternal binomial.

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