OB Emergencies

PCEO Region II

OB Emergencies

This course is designed to prepare the OB nurse for emergency situations. The class includes a review of emergency scenarios with interactive simulation of the scenarios at skills stations. Topics will include: Eclampsia in the Hypertensive Patient, Maternal Hemorrhage in the Intrapartum & Postpartum Periods; Shoulder Dystocia, Emergency Cesarean Birth, Mock Code, and Nurse Delivery.


  1. Shoulder Dystocia (SD)
    • Define SD & the risk factors associated with it
    • Describe actions & maneuvers to be taken when SD occurs
    • Describe documentation timelines when treating SD
  2. Severe Hypertension
    • Identify the types of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy
    • Define the epidemiology & risk factors of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy
    • Describe the priorities for treatment & management of care
    • Explain the guidelines for anticonvulsant & antihypertensive therapy
  3. Obstetric Hemorrhage
    • Identify the signs of hemorrhage.
    • Describe the causes of maternal hemorrhage in the intrapartum and PP periods
    • Describe the interventions for treating hemorrhages
  4. Emergency Cesarean Section
    • State the categories of urgency for a C-section
    • Identify potential conditions that result in an emergency C-section
    • Outline procedures to prepare for an emergency C-section
    • Define patient and family education for emergency C-section
    • List expected anesthesia types and how they impact care
    • Signs, symptoms, and treatment of Malignant Hyperthermia
  5. Code Blue
    • Describe the physiologic changes of pregnancy that may affect resuscitation
    • Identify the different interventions used for a pregnant woman during resuscitation
    • Identify the nurses’ responsibilities in a mock code
  6. Nurse Delivery
    • Define the steps to take for safe delivery
    • Review interventions for complications
    • Explain documentation of the vaginal delivery

Contact Hours: 7.0
Kettering Health is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Louisiana State Nurses Association-Approver, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity is jointly provided by Kettering Health & PCEO.

Faculty: Qualified and experienced L&D nurses and Perinatal Nurse Educators
Target Audience: All perinatal nurses and nursing students interested in care of the obstetrical patients in emergency situations.