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Perinatal Safety Standards - Postpartum Hemorrhage and Hypertension

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  • Less than 1% of obstetric patients are admitted to the ICU. The leading cause for ICU admissions are hypertensive disorders and obstetric hemorrhage.  Regardless of patient location, caring for these women often involves a multidisciplinary team that includes providers and nursing staff from obstetrics, critical care, and the emergency department. These courses are designed to help you identify, assess, and manage women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and a postpartum hemorrhage in the intrapartum and postpartum period. You will learn the physiologic changes in pregnancy as well as additional risk factors that predispose pregnant women to hypertensive disorders and hemorrhage. Using critical thinking concepts presented in case study format, you will apply knowledge in the management of these women. The course content meets the Joint Commission requirements for PC 06.01.01 Reduce likelihood of harm related to maternal hemorrhage and PC.06.03.01

    Learning Outcomes

    Identify risk factors for obstetric hemorrhage and perform risk screening.

    Articulate the importance of quantification of blood loss (QBL) techniques for accurately weighing and measuring blood-soaked materials.

    Prioritize the appropriate steps in the management of obstetric hemorrhage including administration of uterotonics, surgical intervention, blood product transfusions, and post-event care.

    Explain the importance of readiness and preparation for an obstetrical hemorrhage through simulation and debriefing.

    Contrast hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

    Summarize the most common maternal complications of preeclampsia.

    Outline evidenced-based management for pregnant women with severe hypertension.

    Apply concepts of nursing assessment and interventions to the plan of care in a case study.

    Contact Hours

    4.6 nursing contact hours (CNE available through 04/01/2023)

    AWHONN Accreditation Statement

    The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by AWHONN or the ANCC of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. AWHONN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider # CEP580.

    Volume Pricing

    AWHONN offers volume discount pricing to hospitals wanting to educate multiple clinicians. To learn more, please contact Mitty Songer, Director, Product Sales and Client Relations at (304) 550-3984 or via email at