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The American Heart Association 2010 guidelines for the management of cardiac arrest in pregnancy: consensus recommendations on implementation strategies.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto ON.
Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology Canada: JOGC = Journal d'obstetrique et gynecologie du Canada: JOGC 08/2011; 33(8):858-63.
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