Isoimmunization in pregnancy.
Author(s): Shaver SM
Affiliation(s): Vail Program of Nursing, 1727 Queens Road, West, Queens University of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28207, USA. ZShaver@bellsouth.net
Publication date & source: 2004-06, Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am., 16(2):205-9.
Publication type: Review
Isoimmunization to the Rh(D) antigen and to other red cell antigens remains a potentially severe complication of pregnancy. Although management of this complication is performed best by perinatologists, nurses often are the ones who provide further explanations, answer questions, and assist patients who are trying to understand complex physiology and management plans. Nurses should understand current controversies related to isoimmunization and function as patient advocates if needed. To meet these demands, nurses must continue to refresh their knowledge of isoimmunization and its potential complications and review ever-changing management regimens.