Managing Category II Fetal Heart Rate Patterns: A Standardized Approach
Specialty: Obstetrical providers and nurses
Best suited for: Obstetric physicians, general practice physicians, nurses and mid-level providers caring for pregnant patients
As an obstetrical practitioner, you know the challenges inherent in managing Category II fetal heart rate patterns during labor. Interpreting these tracings remains one of the most critical issues in obstetrics. We are pleased to announce a new tool that can help! A simple, rational, evidence-based algorithm will be presented by obstetrical patient safety leader Steven L. Clark, MD.
This webinar will explain and demonstrate the algorithm, which reflects a synthesis of medical evidence and current scientific thought. You will learn through examples of challenging fetal strips how to achieve compliance with the current standard of care in managing this difficult clinical situation.
Developed in conjunction with other leading experts, Dr. Clark will highlight his article just published in the August 2013 American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Obstetrical practitioners who complete this webinar will be able to:
Discuss the benefits of standardized interpretation of terminology and protocols for management of category II fetal heart rate patterns.
Review and discuss the proposed algorithm for the management of category II fetal heart rate tracings.
Apply the algorithm to Category II tracings.
Steven L. Clark, MD, is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and is medical director of Women’s and Children’s Clinical Services for the Hospital Corporation of America. He was formerly professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Utah. He has served as president of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, chair of the ACOG Technical Bulletin Committee, and a board examiner. He has served on several ACOG task forces and committees, and as patient safety consultant to the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General. He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for United Health Care and on the Joint Commission Perinatal Advisory Panel. He has published over 200 scientific articles and chapters, and he has edited several textbooks, including Critical Care Obstetrics. He serves as a peer reviewer for 23 national and international scientific journals.
Mary K. Ausenhus, RN, MSN, WHCNP-BC, Clinical Nurse Manager - Women's Services, EvergreenHealth, Kirkland
Angela Chien, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, EvergreenHealth, Kirkland
Becky Fahey, RN, MPA:HA, CPHRM, Senior Healthcare Risk Management Consultant, Physicians Insurance, Portland
Peggy Hamernik, CME Specialist, EvergreenHealth, Kirkland
Kym Shepherd, Director of Complex Litigation, Physicians Insurance, Seattle
Celia Smith, CCMEP, Director, Continuing Medical Education, Physicians Insurance, Seattle
Jeanna Taylor, BSN, RN, Clinical Nurse Educator, EvergreenHealth Women’s Services
Cryss. Toycen, CME Specialist, Physicians Insurance, Seattle
Neil Vasquez-Solis, Risk Management Education Assistant, Physicians Insurance, Seattle
Original release: September 2013
Last reviewed: September 2015
Expiration: September 2016
Estimated time to compete this activity: 1 hour
Category 1 credit is applicable throughout the United States.
Physicians in Washington who complete this course will fulfill the risk management education requirement mandated by the Washington Health Services Act of 1993.
Physicians Insurance/Experix is accredited by the Washington State Medical Association CME Accreditation Committee to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Physicians Insurance/Experix designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity meets the criteria for up to 1 hour of Category I CME to satisfy the relicensure requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.
At the time this course was developed and presented, all faculty, planning and peer-review group members and their spouses/partners certified that they do not have, nor have had within the past year, any financial arrangements or affiliation with any commercial organization involved in health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients, with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations and non-health related companies.
The content will not include mention of unapproved or investigational uses of products or devices.
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