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Adaptation of labor and delivery to COVID-19

Arunthevaraja Karuppiah, MBBS, MD, Shobana Bharadwaj, MBBS, Sarah Crimmins, MD, Emad Elsamadicy, MD, Joseph Rabin, MD, Bhavani Shankar Kodali, MBBS, MD


As the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) escalates globally, and no end in sight, we describe an approach for adapting swiftly to the increasing number of COVID-19 parturients admitted into labor and delivery unit. The adaptability includes physical layout, triaging, quick testing, isolating confirmed parturients, access to designated intensive care units, facilitating emergent cesarean deliveries, and educating health care personnel. It is vital that other healthy parturients and healthcare providers must be protected from COVID-19. It is encouraged that institutions exchange and disseminate information to succeed in the global fight against this dreaded pandemic.


COVID-19, labor and delivery unit, Parturients

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