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Critical Care and Trauma

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Which of the following statements is true of obstetrical patients who require intensive care?

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a. The highest use is before delivery.

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b. The associated mortality rate can reach 10%.

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c. Pulmonary embolus is the most common indication for intensive care.

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d. All of the above

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Which of the following is the most common complication in pregnancy that leads to an intensive care unit admission?

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a. Sepsis

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b. Hemorrhage

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c. Pulmonary embolus

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d. Hypertensive disease

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All EXCEPT which of the following monitoring modalities should be routinely used when transporting a critically ill obstetrical patient to another hospital for care?

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a. Electrocardiography

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b. Regular vital signs

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c. Tocodynamic monitoring

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d. Continuous pulse oximetry

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Which of the following physiological changes is typical of pregnancy?

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a. Colloid oncotic pressure increases.

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b. Systemic vascular resistance decreases.

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c. Pulmonary vascular resistance increases.

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d. Left ventricular stroke work index decreases.

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Which of the following statements is true of pulmonary artery catheter monitoring in the acutely ill gravida?

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a. It has been shown to improve survival.

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b. It is essential for the care of patients with severe preeclampsia.

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c. Its use in critically ill obstetrical patients is of limited value.

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d. It aids in the management of patients with low injury-severity scores.

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Which of the following is least likely to contribute to the development of noncardiogenic pulmonary edema in the obstetrical patient?

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a. Sepsis syndrome

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b. Magnesium sulfate administration

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