COVID-19 Maternity Simulation Scenarios

05 April 2020

Presented by FRANZCOGs Dr Rebecca Szabo and Dr Belinda Lowe.

Dr Szabo writes:

This package is designed to help maternity units be as prepared as they can for the COVID-19 pandemic. These scenarios can be used for team education and incorporating PPE into practice but may be of more use for units to first create systems and workflows.

This means these scenarios are designed to be used for individual institutions to determine their own workflows and requirements for managing maternity cases and emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It would be sensible to start with simpler scenarios such as NVB first to determine workflows then build up to emergencies like cat 1 emergency Caesarean sections or PPH to perfect and embed systems.

When doing these simulations a walk through first can be very beneficial. We strongly suggest to include multiple professions views as this can help ensure different aspects are not forgotten. 

These include:

Infection control, Wardies and Orderlies, Theatre technicians, Cleaning services, Nursing, Midwifery, Obstetrics, Neonatal, Anaesthesia, Radiology, other.

Some common themes found in implementing these simulation scenarios across units include PPE access, donning and doffing; cleaning requirements; communication; workflows.

Please remember whilst a woman and baby always is at the centre of care, first do no harm, so put your own mask and PPE first.

There is no emergency in a pandemic.



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