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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 9, Issue 3, January 2014 pp 417-418

Short Communication

High Dependency Units in Obstetric Care- Its Impact on the Maternal and Perinatal Outcome


Sudha T. R.

Department of OBGY, HIMS, Hassan, Karnataka, INDIA.


Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K. R.



This is a prospective descriptional study to evaluate the use of high dependency units in high risk pregnancy management and to assess the perinatal outcome and maternal mortality and morbidity among women admitted to HDU.350 High risk women with life threatening complications of pregnancy were admitted at HDU and treated for their critical conditions. When necessary they were transferred to ICU and the obstetric outcome was assessed. The incidence of HDU admission was 9.4%, maternal complications were Eclampsia, ARF, Septicaemia, DIC, hypovolemic Shock, ARF, CCF, HELLP syndrome. HDU mortality rate was 3.7%, with 69.2% preventable deaths, mean Duration of hospital stay was 11.47days.NICU transfer rate -29.71%, 19.2% were preterm, perinatal mortality-15.71%, with advantage of breast feeding to the neonate in HDU thereby promoting bonding.