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Conference Overview

Maternal mortality in the U.S. continues to rise almost 27 percent from 2000-2014, and more than doubled since 1990. The WHO estimates >1000 maternal deaths in the U.S. annually with approximately half felt to be preventable.  Another 60,000 near fatal maternal events occur annually in the U.S. This conference aims to address obstacles to reversal of this trend by identifying protocols for risk assessment and early intervention as has been successfully applied in California. In addition, we will address post event analysis of fatal and near fatal maternal events.

  • Practicing Obstetricians
  • Family Practitioners
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Obstetrical Nurses
  • Certified Nurse Midwives
  • MFM Fellows
  • Residents
  • Medical Students

Dress comfortably in trousers and shirts/polo shirts or pants/skirts and knit tops/blouses. The conference room is air-conditioned and it is sometimes difficult to keep a moderate temperature for all. We recommend you bring a jacket or sweater.

Course Objectives

Develop a strategy for reducing maternal morbidity and mortality at your hospital.
Identify quality and safety metrics that can be applied at your institution.
Introduce new strategies for management of postpartum hemorrhage.
Recognize and treat acute hypertension in a timely and effective manner.
Understand the importance of influenza vaccination, screening and treatment.
Identify the ultrasound findings consistent with placenta accreta.
Update management of cesarean delivery to reduce maternal morbidity.
Appreciate the importance of team debriefing after sentinel events.
Diagnose and initiate goal-directed therapy for maternal sepsis.
Recognize and treat diabetic ketoacidosis.

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