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Shoulder Dystocia

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify the factors that place patients at higher risk for shoulder dystocia
  • Differentiate between the maneuvers to resolve a shoulder dystocia
  • Identify the impact of shoulder dystocias on mother and infant
  • State the appropriate information needed for documentation, debrief, and team and patient communication

Course Description

This course teaches the various maneuvers used to resolve shoulder dystocia and how to communicate during instances of shoulder dystocia.

Accreditation Statement: In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Medical Education Resources (MER) and Amplifire. MER is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nursing Credit: Medical Education Resources designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 0.5 ANCC nursing contact hours. Nurses will be awarded contact hours upon successful completion of the activity.

Did You Know...

  • Shoulder dystocia occurs in about 1 in every 200 births.
  • Risk factors that increase shoulder dystocia include diabetes, fetal macrosomia, and maternal obesity.
  • Shoulder dystocia increases the risk of postpartum hemorrhage.

Course at a Glance

target audience icon Target Learners:

Obstetrics Nurses and Providers

time to complete icon Average Completion Time:

20–30 Minutes

contributor icon Co-development Partner(s):

Assorted Partners

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