3rd OBSTETRIC INTENSIVE CARE SYMPOSIUM – 23 & 24 February 2018

Breakfast Workshops

A feature of the Programme, is a series of Breakfast Workshops run by leaders in their field which offers delegates the opportunity to take part in practical 'hands on' specialised training under close guidance from experienced Workshop facilitators.

There are 5 workshops on each day of the Symposium, and breakfast will be included with each session.

Please note - positions in each workshop are limited. To book, tick the appropriate box (maximum of one for each day) at the time of registration.

Workshop - Ultrasonography in Critically ill Obstetric Patients

Instructors: Dr. Jane Woolcock (FRANZCOG) & Team

Topics to be covered:

  • FAST scan in pregnant patients
  • Rapid foetal and placental assessment by ultrasound in emergency clinical situation.

Hands on practice on pregnant women under the guidance of an experienced team.

The ratio of instructor to candidates will be 1:6

Maximum number of participants per workshop - 18


Workshop - PPH – Surgical Management in obstetric haemorrhage

Instructors: Dr. Edwin Chandraharan & Dr. Martin Oehler

Topics to be covered:

  • Atonic Postpartum Haemorrhage: What to do when conservative measures fail
  • Morbidly Adherent Placenta : Conservative and Radical Surgical Options
  • Management of BAD (Broad ligament, Abdominal and Deeper Tissues – Paravaginal) Haemorrhages

Maximum number of participants per workshop – 20


Workshop - Can't Intubate, Can't Oxygenate

Instructors: Dr. Cristi Read, Dr. Yasmin Endlich & Team

This workshop will include hands-on activities taking the participants through various aspects of management of the critical obstetric airway, including management of the "can't intubate, can't oxygenate" scenario.

The workshop will fulfill the requirements of the ANZCA CPD CICO Emergency Response Category.

The ratio of instructor to candidates will be 1:4

The maximum number of participants per workshop will be 20

Pre-reading material will be forwarded to participants before the workshop.


Workshop - Obstetric Emergency Simulation

Instructors: Dr. Ram Rajagopalan, Dr. Penny Stewart, Dr. Clayton Sibbins, Dr. Rajaram Ramadoss

Simulation Based training is a way that Interdisciplinary teams can improve skills, communication and patient outcomes.

This workshop will include simulated obstetric medical emergencies including advanced life support in pregnant patients.

The workshop will be conducted by a highly experienced group of Intensivists with utilising high fidelity mannequins.

Maximum number of participants per workshop will be 20.


Workshop - Recognise, Respond & Restrict: PPH Management

Instructors: Dr. Wendy Pollock, Vanessa Tilbrook, Jenny Gardner & Angie Parker

This workshop is aimed at providing an overview of emergency techniques for non-midwives working with postpartum women in a range of clinical settings. There will be 4 stations run by highly skilled midwifery educators who will provide evidence based current practices.

There will be skill stations on abdominal palpation of a contracted and boggy uterus, bi-manual and aortic compression and estimating blood loss in some very unusual ways!

Maximum number of participants per workshop will be 20.


Workshop – Neonatal Resuscitation

The Neonatal Resuscitation Workshop teaches participants about:

Instructors: Dr. Andy McPhee, Mr Trevor Cresp & Team

  • physiology of the first breath
  • primary and secondary apnoea
  • preparation for resuscitation
  • management of the first 30 secs and beyond
  • ventilation
  • circulation

The Neonatal Resuscitation Workshop consists of;

Neonatal Life Support (NLS) online eLearning (part 1)
The online package covers fetal anatomy and physiology, transition to extra-uterine life and basic resuscitation techniques. This online component is a prerequisite and must be completed prior to attending the skills (face to face) session.

NLS face to face session (part 2)
The skills session puts into practice the online content via a series of skills stations. The course includes fetal physiology, transition to extra uterine life, preparation for resuscitation and resuscitation management including when a ‘Call for help’ should be initiated as well as instruction on respiratory support, the need for cardiac support (chest compressions) and coordination of respiratory support with cardiac compression until help arrives.

Maximum number of participants per workshop will be 16.


Workshop - Obstetric Major Haemorrhage - Massive Transfusion and Coagulation Management

Instructors: Dr. Kym Osborn & Dr Laura Willington

The aim of this workshop is to assist in preparing anaesthetists in the preparation and management of major obstetric haemorrhage and is accredited for CPD points from ANZCA

The workshop will incorporate case based discussion, including the interpretation of ROTEM.

After attending the workshop the attendees will be able to:

  • State the definitions related to haemorrhage and critical bleeding in obstetrics
  • Recognise the patient risk factors which increase the risk of obstetric haemorrhage, and the clinical features associated with the potential for significant morbidity which demand an emergency response
  • Identify haematology and coagulation investigations indicated in major obstetric haemorrhage
  • Describe the minimal requirement including transfusion, resuscitation, equipment, IV access and personal support required in major obstetric haemorrhage
  • Determine the endpoints of resuscitation management of volume and selection of blood products in the management of critical obstetric haemorrhage
  • Describe coagulation management, including the interpretation of point of care coagulation testing, and use of blood and pharmacological agents
  • Recognise the importance of team management and the use of emergency protocols to improve outcomes.

Pre-reading material will be forwarded to participants before the workshop.


Workshop – Panic, Plan, Practice: Maternal Emergencies you weren't expecting!

Instructors: Dr. Chris Wilkinson, Angie Parker & Cate Fanning

  • Theory and practical skills about Breech birth, shoulder dystocia and perimortem section
  • Target audience: Health Care Professionals who work in emergency areas in metropolitan, rural and remote areas.

Maximum number of participants per workshop will be 16.