Emergency Personnel

Maternal 911 has taken seven high acuity low occurring situations with simulations and created an online continuing education program for health care professions who will be the first to respond to a pregnant person, a person in labor, or a postpartum person. Early recognition of an event and implementing treatment may help reduce maternal morbidity.

Included Modules

This module is intended for health care providers who do not perform obstetric deliveries as part of their usual practice, educating them to assist the patient in the process of giving birth. This module will help resolve issues with availability of necessary equipment, appropriate training for the clinical care of these patients before, during, and following a vaginal birth; and knowledge of documentation of the labor and delivery process, including disposition documentation.

This module will provide knowledge to assist in identifying when preterm labor (PTL) is happening. PTL and birth can result in a great number of health risks including long-term mental and physical disabilities for the neonate. Health care providers who identify PTL is happening will have the knowledge to implement additional steps to reduce the risk of delivery.

The postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) module will help health care providers identify when this serious and potentially fatal condition is occurring.  Identifying the cause of the bleeding and stopping the source of bleeding as fast as possible and replacing blood volume are the goals of this life-threatening situation. Participants will be better prepared when this event occurs.

Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy remains a leading cause of maternal death. The Maternal 911 module will give you a basis of knowledge to better recognize and treat hypertension in pregnancy.

Shoulder dystocia (SD) cannot be predicted, as there are no signs or way to prevent it, but health care professionals can be prepared for this obstetrical emergency. This module will explain how to recognize when this event occurs and what can be done to help relieve the impacted shoulder.  

This module educates health care providers on what to do when an umbilical cord prolapse (UCP) occurs. This is a rare but serious complication that occurs during labor, usually just before or during delivery. Umbilical cord prolapse can occur without any risk factors. However, certain conditions or factors may increase the chances of a prolapse occurring and this module will educate on this situation so prompt health care delivery can reduce umbilical cord compression and fetal death.

A psychologically safe work environment has proven to increase employee retention, facilitate discussion, diversify idea sharing, and leadership becomes more effective. This module will help individuals and health care teams create a work environment where everyone feels safe to verbalize their concerns, suggestions, ideas, and questions about what is happening to improve patient outcomes.

This module will bring recognition to provider and intuitional biases that impact health disparity. In all of the United States’ public health, pregnancy-related mortality has the widest and most persistent racial and ethnic disparity (inequality). Alarming is the fact that African-American women have a 3 to 4-fold greater risk of maternal mortality than women of other ethnic or racial groups.

Cardiomyopathy is the leading cause of maternal mortality with cardiovascular disease accounting for one-third of all pregnancy-related deaths. Terrorizing is the fact that only a small fraction of these women had a known diagnosis of heart disease prior to death. This module will help professionals identify symptoms consistent with cardiomyopathy and implement treatment to prevent mortality.

Maternal 911 in Action simulation creates a situation to allow health care persons to experience a representation of a real health care event for the purpose of practice, learning, evaluation, testing, and to gain an understanding of symptoms and human actions prior to a real-life emergency event.  Simulation practice is to help health care professionals prepare in a safe setting which will likely uncover system gaps and or gaps in individual performance.

Simulation may be performed as tabletop discussion among a group representative of the team that would respond at the bedside. In situ training refers to simulation located in the actual area the pregnant woman would receive care. The benefit of in situ training is the location exactly replicates the space constraints and room design in which actual patient care will be delivered. This allows the staff to utilize the same equipment and practice how to best position equipment in the patient room for effective team performance. Simulation has proven that clinical teams respond more effectively and efficiently when an actual event occurs.

Modules included in the Midwifery Course.

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Our Midwifery Course is aimed at keeping healthcare professionals prepared for high acuity, low occurring critical events with continuing education credits provided upon successful completion.