Obstetric Retrieval - Challenges and Emergencies


This webinar will discuss the physiological changes of pregnancy of relevance to emergency care practitioners, and discussing hypothetical obstetric emergency scenarios.

The presentation will cover:

  • Physiology of pregnancy (ABCD)
  • Preterm labour
  • Antepartum and postpartum haemorrhage
  • Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia

Presented by: Andrew Plews, Philip Keane and Victoria Higgins

Hosted by: Shonel Hall, Clinical Education Officer, Australasian College of Paramedicine


Andrew Plews

Andrew trained as a doctor in the UK and worked as a staff grade anaesthetist which included obstetric anaesthesia. Arriving in Australia in 2021, Andrew worked with CareFlight and gained valuable experience in retrieval medicine and obstetrics. Andrew and his colleagues would like to share with you some of what they have learned through hypothetical case based presentation and evidence based medicine.

Philip Keane

UK trained staff grade anaesthetist who has worked with CareFlight since February 2022. Experience with obstetric anaesthesia and retrieval.

Victoria Higgins

Victoria is senior CareFlight Flight Nurse and Midwife. She has a Masters in midwifery with specific studies in advanced neonatal care. She has a Graduate Certification in aeromedical retrieval with particular focus on paediatric/neonatal retrieval. Prior to aeromedical retrieval she has worked in emergency medicine, midwifery and NICU for over 20yrs.

Image: Sharon McCutcheon from Unsplash

We apologise for the audio issues during the recording of this webinar.

Presented by Andrew Plews, Philip Keane & Victoria Higgins



70 minutes
22nd Jul 2022
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