Practical Approaches to Simulating Obstetric Emergencies

  • Kimberly S. HarneyEmail author
  • Colleen A. Lee
Part of the Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation book series (CHS)


Obstetric emergencies can arise suddenly and may catch the team by surprise. Simulation has become a valuable tool for maintaining the clinical team’s preparedness for these events. As resident work hour restrictions limit their exposure to the number of obstetric patients, and in turn to rare cases, such as uterine inversion, vaginal breech, and shoulder dystocia, simulation may fulfill some of these missed learning opportunities. Other scenarios amenable to simulation include emergent cesarean section, multidisciplinary team preparation for failed operative vaginal delivery (OVD), and impacted fetal head at cesarean which can follow failed OVD (Manning et al., Obstet Gynecol Surv 70:719–724, 2015).


Shoulder dystocia Eclampsia Breech Cord prolapse Postpartum hemorrhage Operative vaginal delivery Simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stanford University School of MedicineDepartment of Obstetrics & GynecologyStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Quality and Patient SafetyNew York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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