ALiEM Sim Case SeriesPerimortem C-Section
Case Writer: Clare Desmond, MD
Peer Reviewer and Editor: Nikita Joshi, MD
Keywords: Cardiac arrest, Perimortem C-section
28 year old female, 37 weeks pregnant, BIBEMS after high speed MVC. Pt was a restrained driver in a head-on collision with a tree. Estimated speed at impact was 75 mph. The car was completely damaged with spider webbing of the windshield. Pt was responsive to pain but was not oriented in the field. EMS noted a protuberant abdomen. Upon arrival in the ED, her initial GCS was 5 (abnormal flexion to pain with decorticate response), it is noted that the pt becomes pulseless within 5 minutes of arrival to the ED and has an asystolic cardiac arrest.