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Shoulder Dystocia Part I: Identifying and Reducing the Risk (1 credit Monograph)

Hours: 1.25

Best suited for: Obstetricians, family practice physicians, residents, nurse midwives, registered nurses in the labor and delivery setting

Target Audience: Obstetricians, Family Practice physicians, residents, physician assistants, and other interested healthcare practitioners are also welcome to participate.

Original Release Date: June 15, 2017
Review Date: 
Expiration Date: June 15, 2020

Description: Shoulder dystocia (SD) is a sudden and unpredictable obstetrical emergency. Updates and additional research outlined in ACOG’s Practice Bulletin #178 offer a new approach to identifying populations at-risk, SD risk factors, and managing SD. Practitioners are encouraged to implement these changes into their clinical practice to improve patient safety and to limit malpractice risk. Part 1 of this series reviews SD risk factors and strategies for reducing risk up to the point of diagnosis. These strategies are drawn from the peer reviewed literature, practice guidelines and liability claims data of several national professional organizations.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify 3 antepartum or intrapartum risk factors and 3 potential complications associated with a SD event.
  2. Incorporate updates in the ACOG practice bulleting #178 into your clinical practice.
  3. Formulate or update the current multidisciplinary SD protocol at your facility that could improve patient safety during SD events.

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: 80 minutes

CME Information - Read

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

Method and Medium: To obtain CME credit, view the entire online presentation, complete the evaluation and post test and print your certificate online.

CME Credit: 1.25


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

CME Disclosure Policy: LAMMICO requires authors, planners, speakers, faculty and all those who influence the content of a CME activity to disclose any financial relationships they have with commercial interests that are relevant to the CME activity. The disclosures shall be reviewed for any conflict of interest and subject to a mechanism for resolution of conflict of interest. A disclosure statement of relevant financial relationships will be made to the audience prior to the activity.

Disclosure: The authors, editors and planning committee members for this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


Dr. Kenneth Brown - Read Bio

Carol A. Curran RNC, MS, OGNP - Read Bio

Managing Editors: Dawer Azizi, MHA, CPHRM, LAMMICO Director of Risk Management and Sharon Cusanza, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, LAMMICO Senior Risk Management Education Specialist

Content Advisors/Planning Committee Members - Read

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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 © 2017

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