Dr. Kailash BHATIA
Consultant Anaesthetist/Honorary Lecturer
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust/University of Manchester
Dr Kailash Bhatia is an Honorary Lecturer at The University of Manchester and works as a Consultant in Anaesthetisia and Peri-operative Medicine at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester since 2012. Hkene completed his medical education and anaesthesiology training from Mumbai, India and obtained his FRCA in 2008. He is the research lead at Manchester Royal Infirmary and has contributed to numerous publications on rare neurological complications following obstetric neuraxial blockade, COVID-19 in pregnancy and heart disease in pregnancy. He is a council member of the UK Maternal Cardiology Society. He is a reviewer for International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia Journal. Outside medicine, he loves to play cricket, chess, travel and spend time with his family.
Cardiac disease remains one of the leading cause of maternal mortality in the developed world. Pregnant patients with high-risk cardiac conditions should be managed by a multidisciplinary cardio-obstetrics team comprising a high-risk obstetrician, cardiologist, and an anaesthetist in a tertiary centre. Preconception counselling is necessary to highlight individual maternal, foetal and cardiac risks. Anaesthetists, as peripartum physicians, need to comprehend the haemodynamic changes occurring during pregnancy, labour and postpartum in pregnant patients with cardiac conditions that result in haemodynamic compromise. Individualised patient care plans that incorporate risk-stratification, advice on timing, location and mode of delivery along with haemodynamic monitoring, recommended analgesia/anaesthesia techniques along with postpartum surveillance are recommended to optimise maternal and foetal outcomes.