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- In high-income countries, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of maternal death,1 and the incidence of postpartum hemorrhage continues to increase.2 Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) has emerged as a valuable tool in the assessment of high-risk obstetric patients and women who experience bleeding or other complications during childbirth. The increasing burden in morbidity and obstetric critical illness over recent decades has led anesthesia experts to advocate for the use of POCUS on all high-acuity obstetric units.
- Enhanced recovery protocols aim to optimize patient outcomes by modifying the inflammatory and metabolic changes associated with surgery. Multimodal evidence-based interventions that may reduce the surgical stress response have been organized into a specific care pathway which can shorten the recovery period and reduce peri-operative complications.1 More than 20 years ago, Henrik Kehlet, a pioneer in peri-operative pathophysiology and rehabilitation, initiated the first enhanced recovery protocol for colorectal surgery.