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Maternal critical illness encompasses a range of clinical situations and circumstances. Maternal Critical Care provides highly specialised education to clinicians on any aspect of maternal critical illness. Examples of the topics that we cover are listed below. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Epidemiology/Maternal Health

  • Measures of maternal health
  • Severe Acute Maternal Morbidity (SAMM)
  • Pregnant and postpartum women admitted to ICU
  • How to conduct a SAMM clinical audit

Obstetric Conditions

Aetiology, epidemiology and risk factors, midwifery and nursing management, and medical management of the following conditions:

  • Obstetric haemorrhage
    • Antepartum haemorrhage
      • Placenta praevia
      • Placental abruption
    • Postpartum haemorrhage
      • Primary and secondary
      • Placenta accreta, increta and percreta
  • Preeclampsia (includes eclampsia and HELLP syndrome)
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Peripartum cardiomyopathy
  • Amniotic fluid embolism
  • Thromboembolism and pregnancy
  • Obstetric sepsis

Non-Obstetric Conditions and Pregnancy

  • Influenza
  • Cardiac disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Sepsis
  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Pneumonia
  • Stroke and neurological complications
  • Trauma

Clinical assessment and monitoring

  • Physiology of pregnancy
  • Maternal collapse and resuscitation
  • Triage category assessment
  • Early detection of clinical deterioration in pregnant and postpartum women
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Haemodynamic monitoring and direct blood pressure monitoring
    • arterial line set-up and management
  • Pulse oximetry and respiratory assessment
  • Diagnostic procedures and investigations in pregnancy

Midwifery and nursing care

  • Care of pregnant woman in ICU/HDU
  • Postpartum care in ICU/HDU
  • Breastfeeding and lactation support in maternal critical illness
  • Airway management and ventilation in pregnancy
  • Massive transfusion and fluid resuscitation
  • Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy (DIC) and coagulation profiles
  • Medications and pregnancy

Evidence-based practice and research

  • When to change your practice based on what you read
  • How to source evidence to write policies and procedures
  • How to plan a research project – identifying the clinical question
  • Matching the research method to the research question
  • How to prepare and obtain Human Research & Ethics Committee approval for your project
  • How to prepare a grant application
  • How to prepare an abstract for submission as a ‘free paper’
  • How to prepare a manuscript for publication as a ‘journal article’