Obstetric Emergencies, Skills 5 Group 1 (ILV)


Course lecturer:

 Barbara Egger , BSc MSc


Dr. med. univ.

 Hanno Hörmaier
 Rudolf Janz , M.Ed.

 Claudia Kanduth
 Martina Mischkreu
Course numberB3.06690.50.050
Course codeSkills5
Semester of degree program Semester 5
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits3,5
Language of instruction German

The students have gained a profound theoretical knowledge about obstetric emergencies throughout the last two years. During this course students should implement their gained knowledge about pathological situations into practical training. Students shall practice fast, but considered decision-making as well as constantly over thinking their taken measurements. While doing so students get trained to maintain their mindful and respectful interaction within the team as well as with the women and her family. Students shall know all risk assessment tools and during an emergency situation recognize their limits of autonomous working as a midwife and when to call for additional help. In this course students gain the practical skills to assist a doctor in emergency situations and to administer drugs as directed by him/her. Additional to all mentioned topics, students shall also practice their communicative skills throughout the practical exercises and know how to explain any method of analgesia or anesthesia for example.


According to European Union Standards for Nursing and Midwifery (Vgl. FH-Heb-AV StF: BGBl. II Nr. 1/2006 (Version 2016): A.Theoretical and technical instruction: [...] b. Subjects specific to the activities of midwives: gynaecological and obstetrical pathology, analgesia, anaesthesia and resuscitation, physiology and pathology of the newborn infant, [...]; Article 42. Pursuit of the professional activities of a midwife:
(g) recognizing the warning signs of abnormality in the mother or infant which necessitate referral to a doctor and assisting the latter where appropriate; taking the necessary emergency measures in the doctor's absence, in particular the manual removal of the placenta, possibly followed by manual examination of the uterus;
(h) examining and caring for the new-born infant; taking all initiatives which are necessary in case of need and carrying out where necessary immediate resuscitation;
(j) carrying out treatment prescribed by doctors;
(k) drawing up the necessary written reports.

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ILV (compulsory): theoretical input, problem-based studies, case studies, practical exercises and simulation training, obstetric emergency drills, group work, feedback