If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $115.00.  

Course Description

This course is designed to help obstetric nursing know how to respond to common obstetrical emergencies such as placental abruption, eclamptic seizures, umbilical cord proloapses, amniotic fluid emboli, DVT, shoulder dystocia, postpartum hemorrhage, uterine rupture, and precipitous delivery in the absence of a physician and some other OB emergencies.


Debby Mills, MS, CNS, RNC-OB

Target Audience

Licensed Nurses and other interested healthcare workers

Learning Outcomes

After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • discuss the clinical and laboratory presentation for placental abruption.
  • describe appropriate management to prevent seizure recurrent and prepare for delivery.
  • identify the 3 different types of umbilical cord prolapse and associated risk factors.
  • discuss appropriate intrauterine resuscitation to prevent fetal compromise an current outcomes.
  • describe the pathophysiology for DIC related to clinical presentation and laboratory testing.
  • discuss strategies for management of massive hemorrhage and DIC.
  • describe the significant pathophysiology for the clinical presentation of amniotic fluid embolism.
  • discuss the differential diagnosis and management.
  • describe the differences in presentation and treatment of DVT in the antepartum and post partum period.
  • identify risk factors for shoulder dystocia and appropriate nursing interventions.
  • discuss common causes of postpartum hemorrhage with treatment goals and interventions.
  • identify common clinical findings, management and sequelae in uterine rupture.
  • discuss the subsequent delivery options for a patient who has undergone cesarean delivery.
  • identify the patient with uterine inversion and implement appropriate management strategies.
  • discuss the steps necessary for delivery of a precipitous birth in the absence of a physician.

Length of Course

4 hours 15 minutes

Credit Statements

Licensed Nurses: Upstate AHEC is an accredited provider of Nursing Professional Development by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 4.25 contact hours.

Other: This educational offering provides 0.0425 CEUs (4.25 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement

Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

Speakers have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in education activities. Please see individual activities for any conflicts of interest.

Provisions of these educational activities by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC, SCNA or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with activities.