To enhance the quality of anesthetic care for obstetric patients by improving patient safety to ensure favorable outcome for both mother and baby.
These guidelines apply to all obstetric patients who are taken to theater for surgery where anaesthetic services are required.
The primary role of the anaesthetist while offering obstetric anaesthetic services is the care of the mother. Neonatal resuscitation services should be offered primarily by another staff. The primary responsibility of the anesthesiologist is to provide care to the mother. If the anesthesiologist is also requested to provide brief assistance in the care of the newborn, the benefit to the child must be compared to the risk to the mother.
Under unusual circumstances, e.g., extreme emergencies, these standards may be modified. When this is the case, the circumstances shall be documented in the patient’s record.