Power Hour Breakout
During pregnancy, labor, birth, and the early postpartum period, women undergo significant physiological changes impacting every body system, including the vasculature. Throughout the intrapartum period, vascular access device insertion is common, whether or not it is indicated. This session will address the unique considerations of using vascular access devices in the obstetric patient including: physiologic changes affecting the vasculature of pregnant and birthing women, processes and effects of anesthetic administration on the maternal-fetal unit related to PIVC necessity, and the impact of selected pregnancy complications on clinical decision-making regarding vascular access requirements. Controversies, challenges, and gaps in knowledge about PIVC use in obstetrics will be introduced.