Caring for pregnant women with COVID-19 in the ICU: Part A

Part A: 'Epidemiology & Physiology'

0.5 CPD Points, 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits, 0.5 CEUs.
Providers: CPDUK, EB Medicine, CBRN

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Wendy Pollock help_outline
Associate Professor, Monash University, Australia
Lecture Summary

This lecture will provide an overview of the physiological adaptions of pregnancy pertinent to critical care management. Our understanding of COVID-19 in pregnancy and the effects on the mother and baby will be summarised. Key elements of the care of pregnant women in ICU, including mechanical ventilation, prone positioning, assessment of fetal wellbeing and medical treatment will be discussed.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Trainee Critical Care Doctors

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Outline the key cardiovascular and respiratory physiological adaptations in pregnancy
  • State the normal arterial blood gas parameters for pregnant women
  • Discuss the effect of COVID-19 on pregnant women and pregnancy outcomes
  • Compare the management of COVID-19 in pregnant women to the non-pregnant COVID-19 ICU population
Release Date

1 November 2020

Termination Date

31 October 2023


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

EB Medicine designates this internet-enduring material for a maximum of .5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Needs Assessment

The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

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Earning Credit

In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, watch the course, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Hardware/Software Requirements

Online learners will need a computer or web-enabled device to access the podcast, additional learning materials, and CME test.

Commercial Support

This activity received no commercial support.