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Intermittent Auscultation Simulation-Based Education, v2

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  • This activity was developed by the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI) to ensure nurses have access to essential resources to support the moms and babies in their care. The Interactive Simulation-Based Education, v2, from PQI provides nurses with interactive and evidence-based training giving them the education they need to perform and interpret intermittent auscultation (IA) confidently. IA is an important assessment tool for staff, and a promising strategy to reduce cesarean birth rates.  

    After the training, the learner will: 

    • identify the benefits of intermittent auscultation compared with continuous electronic fetal monitoring 
    • demonstrate auscultation and interpret fetal heart rate baseline, accelerations, and decelerations 
    • describe how to distinguish between maternal and fetal heart rate during intermittent auscultation 

    CNE Approval Time Period: 1.0 CNE Credits, Expires May 20, 2024 

    This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 

    NCC Codes:

    Inpatient Antepartum Nursing (RNC-IAP) - Maternal and Fetal Physiology and Assessment (Code 1)

    Inpatient Obstetric Nursing (RNC-OB®) - Fetal Assessment (Code 1)

    Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner (WHNP-BC®) - Normal Physiology and Wellness Management (Code 1)

    Electronic Fetal Monitoring (C-EFM®) -  Code 11


    Authors: Amy Romano, MBA, MSN, CNM & Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN 

    Clinical Reviewers: Jean Salera-Vieira, DNP, APRN-CNS, RNC & Renee Byfield, MS, RN, FNP, C-EFM 

    Audio/Visual Production Support: Angela Graham and Sean O'Brien  

    Disclaimer:  AWHONN partnerships are not implied to be the partnerships of the Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI) and PQI partnerships are not implied to be partnerships of AWHONN. AWHONN has had no direct influence and is not responsible for the content of Intermittent Auscultation Online Simulation-Based Course v2.  

    Copyright and other information: The Institute for Perinatal Quality Improvement (PQI) owns the copyright for the Intermittent Auscultation (IA) Web-Based Education and Simulation Module – All Rights Reserved. Those who purchase access to the IA Module for Individual Use Only are agreeing to not share the materials with others. These products are for educational purposes only. Clinicians need to make all patient care decisions based on their own assessments, their knowledge, and the individual needs of the patients that they are caring for. PQI has sought to ensure that accurate information is presented and to describe generally accepted practices. However, PQI is not responsible for errors or omissions or for any consequences from application of the information in this resource and makes no warranty expressed or implied with respect to the contents of this resource and materials. Click here for our full legal statement. 

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