Risk Management in EFM: Improving Outcomes, Decreasing Liability
Obstetrics continues to be a significant risk management concern, and allegations related to electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) and labor management remain the top issues for plaintiff’s attorneys. This program will provide insights into both risk reduction and risk mitigation, with a focus on standardization and underlying physiology. Physicians, nurses, and midwives will learn to improve outcomes while reducing the potential for liability using real life case examples and evidence-based approaches; the program also includes a multidisciplinary tracing practicum and ample time for questions and discussion.
This course is intended for Obstetrics and Gynecologic physicians and nurses, Certified Nurse Midwives, Family Practice physicians who do OB; Labor and Delivery and Postpartum nurses.
At the end of this session, learners should be able to:
- Identify knowledge gaps in fetal monitoring & labor management.
- Apply an evidence-based approach of standardized interpretation and management to intrapartum electronic fetal monitoring.
- Discuss the relationship between uterine activity and fetal oxygenation.
- Utilize the NICHD terminology and 2 principles of interpretation in an FHR tracings review.
- Describe the relationship between documentation & deposition and discuss the legal implications of both.