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‘Key notes on’ 

Maternal Critical Care has prepared one page ‘key notes on’ a number of clinical conditions. Each includes a few key bullet points, helpful electronic resources and references for further reading. ‘Key notes on’ are currently available on:

Electronic Resources 

Many of the professional colleges under the ‘Links’ tab publish useful clinical practice guidelines and information. For example, The SOMANZ Guideline for the Management of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy (2014). Additionally, a number of other Australian and international groups possess helpful resources related to maternal critical care including those listed below.

National Blood Authority Patient Blood Management Guidelines


Blood Safe eLearning Australia


Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal


Some state Departments of Health have clinical guidelines that are very good resources. I’ve included the NSW and Qld sites for instance. Many hospitals also have clinical guidelines and policies available for public access, such as, King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth. Links for specific hospitals are not listed but may be sourced by individuals.

NSW Health Policy Directives and Guidelines – Maternity


E.g. Prevention, Early Recognition & Management of Postpartum Haemorrhage (2010)

Queensland Health Maternity Clinical Guidelines


E.g. Trauma in Pregnancy Guideline (2014)

SA Health South Australian Perinatal Practice Guidelines


E.g. Balloon tamponade and uterine packing for major PPH

There are also good resources available at the following international sites:

UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)


Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) Green-top Guidelines


American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)


California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative