Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, 7th Edition: Protocol 56 - Shoulder Dystocia

December 9, 2020
Contemporary OB/GYN Journal, Vol 65 No 12, Volume 65, Issue 12

All healthcare providers attending vaginal deliveries must be prepared to handle this unpredictable obstetric emergency. Knowledge of the maneuvers employed for alleviation of shoulder dystocia is relevant not only for obstetric residents and attending house staff, but also for family practitioners, nurses, and nurse midwives. The reported incidence varies in the literature, ranging from 0.2% to 3.0%.

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All healthcare providers attending vaginal deliveries must be prepared to handle this unpredictable obstetric emergency. Knowledge of the maneuvers employed for alleviation of shoulder dystocia is relevant not only for obstetric residents and attending house staff, but also for family practitioners, nurses, and nurse midwives. The reported incidence varies in the literature, ranging from 0.2% to 3.0%.

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