Labour in critical care units: Part 1

Normal Birth and Transition

The lecture duration is 24min.

0.5 CPD Points, 0.5 CEUs, 0.5 CME credits approval pending.
Accredited by CPDUK, CBRN and Provider Pending.

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Helen Patterson
Lecturer & Subject Coordinator, Neonatal Medicine, University of Melbourne, Australia
Lecture Summary

The topic of neonatal resuscitation is vast and complicated. These 3 short lectures are aimed at providing a snapshot of 1. the normal birth process; 2. how this process can be interrupted and the impact on the newly born (especially the preterm neonate); and 3. a step by step review of resuscitation of the newborn at birth. Emphasis is given to the equipment required, new ideas in neonatology and the important steps when resuscitating the newly born compared to an adult or pediatric patient.

Target Audience

Critical Care Doctors & Nurses
Emergency Medicine Doctors & Nurses
Rural GPs

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Refresh knowledge of fetal life, normal labour and birth
  • Briefly explain the transition to extra-uterine life
  • Describe O2 saturation at bith and changes over the 5-10 minutes