Managing Emergencies in Obstetric Anaesthesia

Clinical Training


Target Audience

Consultant anaesthetists and provisional fellows.


Consultant / GP anaesthetist or provisional fellow

Course Coordinator

Dr Adam Rehak

1 day



24th March, 2020

25th June, 2020

17th September, 2020

1st December, 2020

Maximum Participants


Course Description


This course aims to update the participants’ knowledge and skills in the management of obstetric anaesthetic emergencies while also developing generic crisis management skills applicable to these emergency situations.


 Topics covered

  1. Assessment of maternal risk

  2. Planning anaesthetic management

  3. Management of critical events, such as:-

    1. Pain during LCSC under neuraxial block

    2. Difficult airway

    3. High neuraxial block/total spinal

    4. Maternal haemorrhage

    5. Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia

    6. Amniotic fluid embolism

    7. Cardiac arrest

  4. Human factors and the application of Crisis Resource Management principles to prevent and manage these events


Training Methods

  • Immersive scenarios with reflective debriefing

  • Hands-on Skills Workshops

  • Pause & discuss scenarios

  • Video and case-based learning exercises

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