Evaluating the contribution of interdisciplinary obstetrics skills and drills emergency training

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Background High-fidelity simulation is integral to health professional training. The effect of interdisciplinary training on levels of confidence in obstetric emergencies is less well explored. Aim To evaluate the impact of a multidisciplinary training project in obstetric emergency skills and drills on the confidence of staff. Methods A mixed-methods approach was used to evaluate the self-reported confidence levels of obstetrics staff. A total of 69 staff voluntarily attended emergency skills and drills training with a birthing simulator manikin. The programme used four emergency scenarios that had potential for poor maternal outcomes. A debrief followed each scenario and confidence levels were self-reported before and after each training session. Findings There were significant (P<0.05) effects on teams' self- perceived confidence levels. Staff reported that training improved their knowledge and understanding of interdisciplinary roles, and improved capacity within and between professional disciplines. Conclusion This model is of significant use in interdisciplinary obstetric emergency care training. Training had a direct effect on the staff's perceived confidence and encouraged critical reflection on professional practice in emergency obstetrics.




Hayes, C., Hinshaw, K., Hogg, R., & Graham, Y. (2019). Evaluating the contribution of interdisciplinary obstetrics skills and drills emergency training. British Journal of Midwifery, 27(3), 167–176. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjom.2019.27.3.167

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