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Obstetrics and Maternity

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Introduction

The content for these courses is based on the national Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 5 Obstetrics and Maternity.

These courses

  • aim to help you understand and apply blood management strategies in the care of pregnant women in the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum periods
  • are for healthcare professionals – primarily midwives and doctors caring for pregnant women.

Courses and time frames to complete

  1. Obstetric Haematology – one hour
  2. Obstetric Blood Management – one hour
  3. Postpartum Haemorrhage – two hours

 

Course Details

These courses aim to help you understand and apply blood management strategies in the care of pregnant woman.

Obstetric Haematology

Content within this course is delivered under the following headings:

  • Placental development
  • Circulatory and coagulation changes
  • Iron in pregnancy
  • Third stage of labour
  • Normal blood loss and estimation
  • Postpartum haemoglobin and anaemia.

Learning objectives:

  • describe the haematological and related physiological changes in pregnancy and their clinical implications
  • demonstrate knowledge of iron requirements during pregnancy and the consequences of iron deficiency anaemia
  • recognise the changes that occur in the third stage of labour and the process of placental separation
  • recognise the normal variations in blood loss after birth and the importance of measuring blood loss.

Obstetric Blood Management

Content within this course is delivered under the following headings:

  • Principles of blood management in obstetrics
  • Haematology screening
  • Assessment and management of iron deficiency and anaemia
  • Assessment for bleeding risks and planning for management
  • Approach when transfusion is difficult or not possible
  • The evidence-based use of blood products.

Learning objectives:

  • define the principles and application of blood management for women receiving obstetric care
  • explain the reasons for the routine haematology tests that are recommended during pregnancy
  • state how to assess, investigate and manage iron deficiency and/or anaemia in pregnant women
  • recognise pregnant women who are at increased risk of bleeding and assess and manage these risks
  • discuss expert consensus guidelines for the use of blood products for pregnant women and apply these to clinical practice.

Postpartum Haemorrhage

Content within this course is delivered under the following headings:

  • Incidence and risks
  • Causes, prevention and diagnosis
  • Approach to initial management
  • Management of severe PPH
  • Secondary PPH
  • Follow-up care.

Learning objectives:

  • define PPH
  • recognise the risk factors and outline the preventative measures for PPH
  • identify and describe the management of PPH
  • define secondary PPH and explain investigation and treatment options
  • describe management after PPH.

Endorsement & CPD

BloodSafe eLearning Australia seeks endorsement and allocation of CPD points for courses from medical, nursing and midwifery colleges, societies and healthcare organisations. Further information on professional organisations and CPD points is provided below.

Endorsement

International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Australian College of Midwives
The Australian College of Midwives has awarded CPD recognition for these courses as follows:

  • Obstetric Haematology recognised for 1 CPD hour
  • Obstetric Blood Management recognised for 1 CPD hour
  • Postpartum Haemorrhage recognised for 2 CPD hours

Recognition expiry date is 1st September 2019.

NMBoard_web Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Under continuing professional development (CPD) standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia one hour of active learning equals one hour of CPD. User evaluation of each of the Obstetrics and Maternity courses, demonstrates that on average it takes between one to two hours to complete each course. Therefore it is recommended to view the Introduction page to record the correct amount of time allocated to each individual course for the purpose of self-directed CPD.
Other Professions and Medical Specialties
User evaluation of the Obstetrics and Maternity courses, demonstrates that on average it takes between one to two hours to complete each course. Therefore it is recommended to view the Introduction page to record the correct amount of time allocated to each individual course for the purpose of self-directed CPD.

Assessment

There is an online assessment of multiple choice questions at the end of each of the three courses.

A minimum grade of 66% is required to complete each course.
A certificate will be automatically emailed to your registered email address after you have successfully completed the course assessment.
If you don’t pass a course assessment, you can redo it as many times as you need. It is recommended you revisit the learning content because the assessment questions may change for each attempt.

You must complete the assessment for this course within three months. If not, then the assessment will need to be commenced again.
You can see a summary of the courses you have successfully completed in My certificates or via the Course certificates link on the My courses page.

Development Team

Project Team

Dr Amanda Thomson: Medical Writer/Editor
Ms Trudi Verrall: Clinical Education Lead
Mr David Peterson: Manager
Ms Sue Ogley: Clinical Education Project Officer

Peer Review Groups

Obstetric Haematology – Dr Janet Crofts, Dr Farah Sethna, Dr Sanjana Kannan, Dr Giselle Kidson-Gerber, Dr Angela Brown, Dr Megan Cooper, Dr Julie Fleet, Ms Cate Fanning, Ms Angie Monk and Ms Vanessa Tilbrook
Obstetric Blood Management – Dr Janet Crofts, Dr Farah Sethna, Clinical Associate Professor Nolan McDonnell, Dr Roger Browning, Dr Giselle Kidson-Gerber, Dr Sandy Minck, Dr Leonardo Pasalic, Dr Angela Brown, Dr Megan Cooper, Ms Cate Fanning and Ms Angie Monk
Postpartum Haemorrhage – Dr Janet Crofts, Dr Farah Sethna, Clinical Associate Professor Nolan McDonnell, Dr Roger Browning, Dr Kym Osborn, Dr Giselle Kidson-Gerber, Dr Angela Brown, Dr Megan Cooper, Ms Cate Fanning and Ms Angie Monk

Expert interviews – Dr Giselle Kidson-Gerber and Dr Claire McLintock

People photographed in the Obstetric Blood Management Course

Cassie Scalzi, Sharon Hele, Carrie Hill, Hayley Moore, Andrew MacFarlene, Fiona Solvent, Chris Schultz, Sokhom Tim and Angela Wilson

Postpartum Haemorrhage coroners video

Narrator: Michele Nightingale
Brigit Andrews, Paula Blake, Jesse Konstantinoff, Hayley Moore, Dr Kirstie Morandell, Toni-Marie Rowe, David Wilson and Joanna Wyatt
The case study in the Postpartum Haemorrhage course was based on an Australian coroner’s case. In order to protect the identity of those involved names, demographic information and other details have been changed.

Appreciation

BloodSafe eLearning Australia wish to thank the staff of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Queen Victoria Operating Suite, Woman’s Outpatient’s Department and the Antenatal Gynaecology Ward for support with the video and photography.

Production Team

Production Studio: Digital Media Unit, Centre for Education and Training, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Adelaide, South Australia.
Interactive design and development: Chris Faulkner, Peter Bailes
Editor: Helen Snoswell
Graphic Design: Kristin Stone and Laura Michelmore
Software development: Chris Faulkner, Peter Bailes, Andrew Dunn and Anthony Colicchio
Photography: Ian Bone and Chris Sprod
Video Production: Ian Bone and Greg Opie
Content editor: Helen Snoswell

Learning Management System: Brightcookie Pty Ltd

Funding for BloodSafe eLearning Australia has been provided by all Australian Governments via the National Blood Authority.