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EFM Case Study #2: EFM Triage (1 hour Monograph)

Hours: 1.00

Best suited for: Obstetricians and family practice physicians. Midwives, obstetric nurse practitioners, residents and other interested healthcare practitioners skilled in EFM or EFM stakeholders are also welcome to participate.

Description: The majority of obstetric triage encounters include an assessment of both mother and fetus but under certain conditions, clinical data may be unavailable. EFM triage is a skill of necessity that includes a brief and rapid assessment of fetal heart rate (FHR) and uterine contraction (UC) data in the absence of any other clinical data while designating urgency of management. A swift and accurate interpretation improves patient safety and speeds workflow while inaccurate interpretation or delays increase the risk of medical malpractice claims. This monograph includes a simple EFM triage technique and EFM strip drills for practice.

Original Release Date: September 3, 2015
Review Date: January 3, 2018
Expiration Date: September 3, 2018

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to:
1) Compare and contrast triage performed in an ED and EFM triage.
2) Analyze 10 EFM strips and apply the modified ESI to EFM triage. 
3) Formulate a plan to incorporate EFM triage into clinical practice at your facility. 

Learning Assessment: There will be a posttest for this activity with a minimum performance requirement of 8 out of 10 correct answers.

Estimated time to complete activity: 1 hour

Residents will earn a certificate of completion. Physicians will earn CME credit. 

CME Information - Read

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, read the entire monograph online, download to a printer and read, or download and save to your computer. Complete the evaluation and posttest and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.0


State Requirements: Based on information from state licensing authorities published by the AMA, this program meets specific CME requirements for the following states:

Florida – This activity includes content on avoiding medical error
Connecticut - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Massachusetts - This activity includes content in Risk Management
Pennsylvania - This activity includes content in Risk Management / Patient Safety
Texas - This activity includes content in Ethics and/or Professional Responsibility

Disclosure Policy - Read

Disclosure: The author, expert reviewer and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

About the Authors: Carol A. Curran RNC, MS, OGNP - Read Bio & Dr. Kenneth Brown - Read Bio

Managing Editor: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Director of Risk Management

Editor: Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

Electronic Hardware and Software Requirements - Read

Web Master Contact Information: For assistance, contact Shea Ivey at 866/398-1038 or help@medicalinteractive.com

Disclaimer: This activity is presented as risk management education. It is not legal advice, nor does it establish medical standards of care. Standards of care vary depending on the unique presentation of each patient. The information contained herein is not a substitute for the reasonable discretion of skilled and informed clinicians at the point of care.

Copyright Information: Copyright © 2015

Bibliography: To view and download References & Resources for this presentation, please select the References tab/link below.

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This course is offered through Experix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Physicians Insurance, and is based on more than 30 years' experience in providing continuing medical education. This course is complimentary for Physicians Insurance members.

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