Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association
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Clinical Guidelines

Here we have collected together our choice of local guidelines, selected for their quality and provided for you to adopt and adapt for your own needs.

To see officially published guidelines, including the joint OAA/AAGBI Guidelines for Obstetric Anaesthesia Services click here

High risk parturients

Conditions that require antenatal referral to the anaesthetist and high BMI


Analgesia for labour and C-section

Pain relief in labour using epidural and remifentanil. TAP blocks and analgesia after Caesarean section


Complications of regional anaesthesia

Inadequate RA, dural puncture and post-dural puncture headache, hypotension, high block, LA toxicity and epidural haematoma


General anaesthesia

Oral intake during labour and antacid prophylaxis. General anaesthesia for Caesarean section and Failed Intubation


Massive Haemorrhage and coagulopathy

Guidelines for cell salvage and for regional anaesthesia in patients with coagulation defects


Standards for Record Keeping

Anaesthetic chart and epidural charts


Maternal Critical Care

High dependency unit admission, transfer and discharge criteria


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