Webinar: Pregnant women undergoing non-obstetric surgery

Time: 18.00 to 19.00

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This webinar is exclusively open to ESAIC Active Members.



This live Webinar will focus on anaesthesia to pregnant women, undergoing non-obstetric surgery. Pregnant women often require surgery, e.g. for appendectomy or cholecystectomy, regardless of their pregnancy. 

Target audience 

Anaesthesiologist anaesthetizing pregnant patients  

Scientific Faculty 


Dr Carolyn Weiniger 

Department of Anaesthesiology  

Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Safed Area, Israel 



Dr Sarah Devroe 

Head of the clinic department of anaesthesiology   

University hospitals Leuven, Belgium


Dr Emilia Guasch 

Division Chief of Anaesthesia 

La Paz University Hospital, Madrid, Spain 


Dr Nuala Lucas 

Consultant Anaesthetist 

Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, United Kingdom 


Scientific Support 

Dr Kim Lindelof 

Junior Consultant, Department of Anaesthesiology 

JMC, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark 



  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy relevant for the anaesthesiologist 
  • Perioperative medicine  in the pregnant patient 
  • How to maintain homeostasis in a sick-pregnant-women requiring surgery 

Key Points 

  • How to maintain optimal vital parameters during anaesthesia in this population 
  • Management of the obstetric airway (recognition of increased risk; aspiration, hypoxaemia)  
  • Minimising perioperative risk, the risk of the pregnant woman and the fetus. 
  • Obtaining informed consent – communication of the risks  
  • The pros and cons of tocolysis. 
  • Fetal monitoring 
  • Post-operative care (including analgesia) 


After Taking Part 

This webinar will enable anaesthesiologists to: 

  • Safely anaesthetize pregnant women for incidental surgery 
  • Minimising risk to the woman and her baby 
  • Ensuring optimal outcome. 

After the webinar, the participant will understand: 

  • The change in physiology during pregnancy relevant for the anaesthetist  
  • Importance of keeping vital signs stable 
  • The best period for surgery/anaesthesia is 2nd trimester 
  • Anticipate difficult airway 
  • Increased risk of aspiration 
  • Increased risk of failed intubation 
  • More rapid desaturation 
  • Reduced venous return due to the compression of great vessels from the pregnant uterus should be avoided 
  • The use of tocolysis when it should be used 
  • Monitoring of the baby, pros and cons 
  • The importance of pain relief, what drugs to avoid when 
  • The increased risk of thrombosis 
  • Discuss whether anaesthesia to the pregnant woman poses a risk to the foetus 


Session information 

This webinar is targeted aAnaesthesiologists providing anaesthesia to pregnant women. 


Technical Setting 

This webinar is available on PC, Tablet and Smartphone 

For the best viewing experience, a high-speed internet connection is required 


Organised by 


ESAIC eLearning Committee