Epidural Analgesia for Labour
Anaesthetic registrars with little prior experience of epidurals and anaesthetists (consultant and GP) seeking refresher training.
A/Prof Leonie Watterson
26 March, 2020
To provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to epidural analgesia for labour that integrates non-technical and technical components of the procedures.
Interact and communicate with the labouring mother.
Explain risks and obtain consent
Prepare and position the mother effectively
Demonstrate competency in procedures such as:
Identification of landmarks
Ultrasound scanning of anatomy
Needle and catheter techniques
Loss of resistance
Establish and trouble shoot analgesia
Manage common complications
Monitor their progress in the workplace and employ reflective learning to encourage ongoing improvement
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.
Hands-on Skills Workshops
Simulated problem based learning case simulations
Communication role play