Traumatic injuries in pregnant women: A case of motor vehicle accident for "Ground Round" discussion

Authors

  • Alireza Ahmadi Imam Reza Hospital, Kermanshah, University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah
  • Taravat Fakheri Imam Reza Hospital, Kermanshah, University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah
  • Javad Amini-Saman Imam Reza Hospital, Kermanshah, University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah
  • Omid Amanollahi Imam Reza Hospital, Kermanshah, University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah
  • Mahmoudreza Moradi Imam Reza Hospital, Kermanshah, University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah
  • Maryam Almasi Nasrabadi Imam Reza Hospital, Kermanshah, University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah
  • Yousef Gholipour Imam Reza Hospital, Kermanshah, University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah
  • Reza Dehghani Imam Reza Hospital, Kermanshah, University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah
  • Shahrzad Bazargan-Hejazi Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, & David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

Keywords:

Pregnant Women, Collision, ‎Trauma, ‎ Injury

Abstract

The main objective for introducing this case study is to create a platform from which the importance of road traffic related injuries and traumas can be emphasized and discussed within and across various fields of investigation. The long term goal is to entice public campaign around unmet needs for higher road safety measures to reduce primary, secondary, and tertiary risks of injuries and traumas. CASE: a 28-year-old pregnant woman with a 16-week gestational age fetus was involved in a road car crash resulting in multiple traumas. Evaluation and treatment was initiated in the local Urgent Care Unit and continued in the emergency department and operation room. Patient underwent the following procedures: laparotomy, diverting colostomy, terminating pregnancy, right calcaneal traction and long leg splint, as well as multiple irrigation-debridements. Finally, the wound was left open and the patient was admitted to Intensive Care Unit. We hope that the introduction of this case for a "Ground Round" discussion will stir up a comprehensive discussion regarding the injury and trauma related preventive measures as well as treatment approaches in cases involving pregnant women in car accidents, and will bring about a holistic overview of this issue by the experts in various fields.

 J Inj Violence Res. 2011 Jan; 3(1): 55-9.  doi: 10.5249/jivr.v3i1.28

Published

2010-05-23

Issue

Section

Case Report

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