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Postpartum Hemorrhage in the Emergency Department

Janine Kelbach, BSN, RNC – OB

1 Contact Hour

About the Author

Janine Kelbach, BSN, RNC – OB started her nursing career in a community hospital learning the basics of labor and delivery, admitting patients, the normal newborn, and scrubbing into the operating room. She quickly became a breastfeeding resource nurse and certified CPR instructor. In 2007, she took a position in a higher acuity facility in the Cleveland, Ohio area. There she worked postpartum and labor and delivery. She became the assistant manager and educated new nurses, developed educational content, and managed other labor and delivery specifications. From then until now, she has obtained her high-risk OB certification and her BSN.

Course Description

Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) can happen to anyone during the postpartum period. The associated risk factors for some women are higher than others, but it is a condition every emergency medicine physician and nurse should know how to identify and treat. In the United States alone, postpartum hemorrhage accounts for 12% of deaths per year1. Timely diagnosis, intervention, and teamwork are critical for the patient’s recovery and survival. Almost 90 percent of deaths due to postpartum hemorrhage occur within four hours of giving birth.2Lifesaving measures conducted in a timely fashion a reduces morbidity and mortality.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the Nurse:

This course will provide an overview of postpartum hemorrhage, how to recognize the signs, and common treatment. At the end of the course, the emergency room nurse will be readily able to recognize and treat PPH patients who present to the emergency department (ED).

Successful completion of this course will provide the learner with one (1) contact hour. This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Virginia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation To receive credit for this course you must pass this test with a score of 80% or higher. No individual in a position to control content for this activity has any relevant financial relationships to declare. Contact hours will be provided for the completion of this activity from September 10, 2018 until September 18, 2020.

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