Developing Skills in Maternal Critical Care – London – 4 October 2019

October 4, 2019 8:30 am
October 4, 2019 5:00 pm
London - Venue TBA   View map





6 Hours Relevant for CPD

£140 for full day of training, including lunch, tea and coffee. Please note administration fee charges of £40 per booking will be made for any cancellations as we are a not for profit organisation and will have incurred costs.

Relevant For: Midwives and obstetricians involved with the critical care of the obstetric patient.


The Need For Training

The most recent report from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into maternal Deaths (2017) reveals that there is no significant decrease in the maternal death rate in the UK, and the rate between 2013-2015 was 8.8 per 100,000.

Messages from investigations into maternal deaths include recommendations for critical care; such as, early recognition of critical illness, prompt involvement of senior clinical staff, and authentic multi-disciplinary teamworking (Knight, 2017).

Aims of the Course

This exciting and pertinent one-day multidisciplinary course will teach the physiology and management of the acutely unwell mother. Delegates will be able to identify and appropriately escalate the deteriorating patient; be aware of the standards required from staff managing the unwell mother with acute disease in pregnancy; and be aware of the human factors impeding good obstetric care with a deteriorating patient.

Course Objectives
  • To be able identify and appropriately escalate the deteriorating patient.
  • To be aware of the standards required from staff managing the unwell mother with acute disease in pregnancy.
  • To be aware of human factors impeding good obstetric care with a deteriorating patient.
  • To be able to interpret information/results (ABG, ECG) relevant to the unwell patient.
  • To safely use invasive monitoring in the context of a high-dependency patient.

The course will include lectures, workstations, and group discussions in the following key areas:

  • Cardiovascular and respiratory physiology in pregnancy; effective monitoring and management of cardio-respiratory compromise.
  • Renal physiology in pregnancy and the importance of urine output.
  • Identification and management of maternal sepsis.
  • Neurological assessment and management of the obstetric patient.
  • Developing an appreciation of the role of ‘human factors’ in delivering safe and effective care.
  • Workstations, including; ECG and ABG interpretation, invasive monitoring, and case-based discussions.


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