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Obstetric Emergencies - essential skills for occasional obstetric anaesthetists

Clinical Training


Target Audience

Consultant anaesthetists 

Advanced anaesthetic trainees

Provisional fellows

GP's with advanced specialist training (AST) in anaesthesia

Experienced anaesthetic nurses / technicians


Consultant / GP anaesthetist or provisional fellow

Anaesthetic nurses

Course Coordinator

Dr Adam Rehak


1 day


$1500 per anaesthetist

$750 per anaesthetic trainees

$345 per anaesthetic nurse / technician


April 11th, 2024

September 17th, 2024

Maximum Participants
CPD allowances

Maximum 12 participants

The course is a recognised emergency response activity in ANZCA’s CPD program with the following recognition codes:-

· Cardiac Arrest – ER-17-CA-073

· Major Haemorrhage – ER-17-MH-029

The course also provides 8 CPD points (4 hours) in the “Knowledge & Skills/Short Courses” category

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:-
    Pain during LCSC under neuraxial block
    Difficult airway
    High neuraxial block/total spinal
    Maternal haemorrhage
    Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
    Amniotic fluid embolism
    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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