Why letting a pregnant woman's heart stop could save both her and her baby

I've been describing this Slate piece as the most awesome thing I really should not have read at 38 weeks pregnant. For decades, doctors thought that a pregnant woman whose heart stopped had pretty much no chance of survival. After trying to resuscitate her, attention would shift to rescuing the baby. But recent research suggests a better solution: Spend less time trying to get the mother's heart pumping again. Not only does it give the infants a better shot at survival, it also, insanely enough, saves more mothers. Turns out, once somebody removes the other human from your body, your failed heart will often just start pumping again on its own.

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  1. cfv says:

    This might very well be a very stupid question, but how is it possible that noone in the history of ER ever thought of this? I mean, if there is one field where it would sound natural to make split-second decisions to try and see if you can save someone it's this one

  2. Magic 8 Ball says: Unlikely.

  3. In situations where I am fault finding I do tend to follow the most serious symptoms and fix them first, rather than focusing on the whole system. Its easy to forget what you started out to do when something serious happens.

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