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Life Saving Skills Manual


  • Page extent: 136 pages
  • Size: 297 x 210 mm
  • Weight: 0.43 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9781904752288)

Each year, more than 500,000 women worldwide die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth - one every minute. Many more survive but will suffer ill health and disability as a result of these complications. At least eighty per cent of deaths result from five complications that are well understood and can be readily treated using medical and surgical interventions that are relatively inexpensive. The Life Saving Skills Manual accompanies the Life Saving Skills - Essential Obstetric Care and Newborn Care course, which is structured around the leading causes of maternal mortality and the delivery of basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care. It is intended for use by all healthcare providers who mainly work in resource-poor settings, trying to save lives in sometimes very difficult situations, including midwives, clinical officers, medical assistants and doctors.

• Developed in partnership with the World Health Organization, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Liverpool Associates in Tropical Health • Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 are a commitment to reducing neonatal and maternal mortality; the Life Saving Skills - Essential Obstetric Care and Newborn Care course is an important step towards achieving these goals • This is the course manual for the Life Saving Skills - Essential Obstetric Care and Newborn Care course; to date, the RCOG has delivered training to over 3,000 trainees in seventeen countries • The UK Department for International Development has funded Life Saving Skills - Essential Obstetric Care and Newborn Care courses in five countries, and has extended this to cover twelve countries from 2012


Introduction; Module 1. Communication, triage and referral; Module 2. Resuscitation of mother and neonate; Module 3. Shock and the unconscious patient; Module 4. Severe pre-eclampsia and eclampsia; Module 5. Haemorrhage; Module 6. Obstructed labour; Module 7. Sepsis; Module 8. Assisted delivery; Module 9. Common obstetric emergencies; Module 10. Complications of abortion; Appendix 1. Supporting normal birth; Appendix 2. Partograph; Appendix 3. Essential drugs and immunisations with dosage and estimated need for pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care; Background reading; Index.


'This manual is highly recommended … The terminology used would be understandable to all working in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology.' Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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