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Pre-hospital Obstetric Emergency Training: The Practical Approach

ISBN: 978-1-4051-8475-5
224 pages
January 2010, BMJ Books
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The Pre-hospital Obstetric Emergency Training (POET) programme provides an introduction to the obstetric patient and the anatomical and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy (including interpretation of patient-held records and rapid assessment of the obstetric patient). It includes clear definitions and describes risk factors, diagnosis and pre-hospital management of significant problems that occur in both early and late pregnancy and the immediate postnatal period. These are all situations that the pre-hospital practitioner may attend.

This text and the accompanying integrated on-line and ‘hands on’ course will help practitioners identify and manage a range of time-critical obstetric emergencies specifically in the pre-hospital setting, and provides a structured examination and assessment technique as an aid to determining what treatment should be provided before transport, as well as when and how urgently transport should be initiated.

POET is of relevance to paramedics, ambulance staff, doctors, and nurses working in the emergency pre-hospital setting and to midwives facilitating home births. It will also be of considerable value to medical and nursing practitioners working in Emergency Departments and unscheduled care settings where immediate access to skilled obstetric assistance is not available.

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Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 Obstetric services.

Chapter 2 Law, ethics and governance related to pregnancy.

Chapter 3 Anatomical and physiological changes in pregnancy.

Chapter 4 Normal delivery.

Chapter 5 Structured approach to the obstetric patient.

Chapter 6 Emergencies in early pregnancy and complications following gynaecological surgery.

Chapter 7 Emergencies in late pregnancy

Chapter 8 Emergencies after delivery.

Chapter 9 Care of the baby at birth.

Chapter 10 Management of non-obstetric emergencies.

Chapter 11 Cardiac arrest and shock in pregnancy.





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Author Information

Advanced Life Support Group, Manchester, UK
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"That being said, paramedics would benefit from reading this book. Written in an easy-to understand style, this is a very user-friendly and informative text on what can be a problematic and complex area of paramedic practice." (Journal of Paramedic Practice, June 2010)

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