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Table 4 Most common primary reasons for admission to the critical care unit for indirect or coincidental obstetric admissions

From: Case mix, outcome and activity for obstetric admissions to adult, general critical care units: a secondary analysis of the ICNARC Case Mix Programme Database

ICNARC Coding Method condition n % of indirect obstetric admissions
Status epilepticus or uncontrolled seizures 19 4.2
Asthma attack in new or known asthmatic 16 3.6
Septic shock 16 3.6
Pneumonia, no organism isolated 15 3.3
Noncardiogenic pulmonary oedema (ARDS) 11 2.4
Anaphylaxis 10 2.2
Cardiogenic pulmonary oedema 10 2.2
Pulmonary embolus (thrombus) 10 2.2
Septicaemia 9 2.0
Bacterial pneumonia 8 1.8
Acute renal failure, other causea 7 1.6
Hypovolaemic shock 7 1.6
Pelvic infection or abscess 7 1.6
Acute pancreatitis 6 1.3
Epidural injection or infusion 6 1.3
Appendicitis or appendix abscess 5 1.3
Intracerebral bleeding 5 1.1
Phaeochromocytoma 5 1.1
Spinal injection or infusion 5 1.1
Supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation or flutter 5 1.1
Toxic or drug-induced coma or encephalopathy 5 1.1
Viral pneumonia 5 1.1
  1. Conditions accounting for five or more indirect or coincidental obstetric admissions. aNot due to infection, haemodynamic, toxic, or drug causes. ARDS, acute respiratory distress syndrome.