You're working in your new hospital without ObGyn coverage and your triage nurse informs you that "there is a woman bleeding up front...she looks pregnant." You begin to run a differential through your head of what that problem could be. Read on below for diagnoses to consider.
A 29-year-old woman presents for heavy vaginal bleeding. She is hemodynamically stable. She had an uncomplicated vaginal delivery of a full-term baby 1 week ago. She denies fever or pain. There is active bleeding from the os. No cervical motion tenderness or signs of trauma or foul-smelling discharge. What is the most likely diagnosis?
A. Uterine Atony
B. Retained products of conception
C. Cervical Trauma
A very gravid patient arrives in your ED after sudden cardiac arrest. You begin to panic as you wonder what differences you need to consider for a pregnant patient in cardiac arrest. Lucky for you, you are an avid EM Daily reader!
Happy Thanksgiving to all from EM Daily! Hopefully many of you are able to watch some football and spend quality time with your family and friends. The conference pearl for this week is from Dr. Lisa Filippone who explains why you may get a false negative pregancy test. Take a few minutes to read about the Hook Effect...