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Critical Bytes: Obstetric Emergencies

Obstetic emergencies - why prompt recognition is crucial

Obstetric emergencies pose significant risks to maternal and fetal health requiring prompt recognition and management to prevent severe outcomes. 

Post partum haemorrhage is one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide with reported delays in recognition due to under-estimation of blood loss. Although rare, HELLP syndrome, characterised by haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count and often associated with severe pre-eclampsia, requires prompt recognition, accurate diagnosis and immediate management to prevent severe complications.

Patient case studies will be used to discuss these life threatening emergencies with interactive polls to help you apply your learning to practise. 

What is covered in the webinar

In this critical bytes webinar we will cover the following;

  • The pathophysiology and risk factors associated with postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) and HELLP syndrome.
  • Early signs and symptoms of PPH and HELLP syndrome to facilitate prompt recognition and intervention.
  • Evidence-based management strategies for effectively stabilising and managing patients with PPH and HELLP syndrome in the ICU and ED settings.
  • Skills in performing critical assessments, including hemodynamic monitoring and laboratory tests, to guide appropriate interventions.
  • Multidisciplinary approaches and communication strategies for optimal patient outcomes in obstetric emergencies

What our participants said:

Very beneficial to all healthcare workers, especially those who will be managing expectant mothers.

Informative, relevant to periop. So applicable to our area of practice.

I enjoyed the case studies, poll questions and subsequent explanations. This session provided a great overview of the management strategies for PPH and HELLP.


This course is formally accredited with the RACGP and ACRRM. 

RACGP Activity Number: 873186
ACCRM Activity Number: 33610

Course Educators
Susan Helmrich
Susan Helmrich

Susan Helmrich RN, DipAppScNsg, BN, CritCareCert, CoronaryCareCert, TraumaNsgCareCert, CertIV(TAE), MN(Ed), GradCert(Ldrshp & Mgt) has extensive experience ...


Recorded Webinar

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Duration: 2 hours

2 hours of CPD - Educational Activity

Educational Activities: 2 hours

Areas Of Interest: Critical Care, Emergencies, Obstetrics, Womens Health


Medical Practitioners, Midwifes, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Paramedics

Price $75.00 AUD (incl. GST)

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