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Care of the critically ill obstetric patient (online)

This online course is one of a series of five from the Critical Care team at the School of Medicine.

Care of the critically ill obstetric patient is complex, and the incidence of this patient group is increasing, with a recent study identifying that 10% of pregnant women needed level 3 critical care during the first wave of COVID-19, and the UK NHS identifying 20% of Critical Care COVID-19 admissions as unvaccinated pregnant women (October 2021).

This is a self-directed learning course, which comprises approximately 7-10 study hours. Content will be available all week for you to work through at your own pace.

Monday will include a live introductory session by the Critical Care team (10:00), which is optional to attend.

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Start date Days and times
17 June 2024 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 June 2024

Who it’s for

Suitable for any healthcare professional who cares for complex or acute and critically ill obstetric patients; including medical obstetrician and anaesthetic trainees, GPs, nurses, midwifes and prehospital professionals.

What you’ll learn

You will learn about the identification, management and care of the obstetric women who becomes acutely unwell during pregnancy, labour or the postnatal period.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the management of specialist conditions that necessitate admission to critical care for this complex group of patients including pre-eclampsia, placental abruption, thromboembolism and AFE, haemorrhage, pre-existing maternal disease, oxygen delivery and monitoring, and obstetric sepsis.

Knowledge and understanding will be demonstrated through personal reflection and online tasks within the module.


You, your patient, and their families will benefit from your understanding of the evidence and theories which inform the care of acute and critically ill obstetric patients.

This course has been specifically designed to be delivered entirely online. You will benefit from learning at your own pace, with both tutor-led sessions, pre-recorded sessions, guided reading, and interactive exercises.

We encourage active discussion, so you’ll have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with your peers.

We have limited the number of places in order to ensure that you receive the best possible learning experience.

You will also develop IT skills as you complete the course.


This online course is delivered via the University’s learning platform (Learning Central); the course includes recorded presentations and other audio media, written text, guidelines, recommended reading and web links.

The module team will be available to provide support and guidance via discussion forums. They will also run a live introductory webinar.


You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding through personal reflection and online tasks within the course materials.

This is one of a suite of five online CPD courses in Critical Care.