Epidural Analgesia for Labour

Clinical Training

Anaesthesia

Target Audience

Anaesthetic registrars with little prior experience of epidurals and anaesthetists (consultant and GP) seeking refresher training.

Pre-requisites

Nil

Course Coordinator

A/Prof Leonie Watterson

Duration
1 day
Price

$565

Dates

15th February, 2019

Maximum Participants

12

Course Description

Aims

To provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to epidural analgesia for labour that integrates non-technical and technical components of the procedures.

Specific Objectives       

  1. Interact and communicate with the labouring mother.

  2. Explain risks and obtain consent

  3. Prepare and position the mother effectively

  4. Demonstrate competency in procedures such as:

    • Identification of landmarks

    • Ultrasound scanning of anatomy

    • Needle and catheter techniques

    • Loss of resistance

  5. Establish and trouble shoot analgesia

  6. Manage common complications

  7. Monitor their progress in the workplace and employ reflective learning to encourage ongoing improvement

 

Format

Blended learning using eLearning & small group practical training. The curriculum is based on a patient centred whole of task approach to procedures developed by the centre that addresses technical and non-technical tasks relevant to epidural. The latter includes a communications module that addresses consent and communication with patients during painful procedures. The course also develops methods of self-assessment and reflective practice to enable continuing improvement beyond the course. Includes web based open access audit and reflection tools. 

 

Training Methods

  • Hands-on Skills Workshops

  • Simulated problem based learning case simulations

  • Communication role play

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