Not Too Quick, Not Quick Enough: Getting Cesarean Delivery Safety Right

Enrollment Information:
This enrollment will expire September 30, 2019.
You must complete all course requirements (including claiming CEs) and save/print the completion certificate by September 30, 2019.


Two aspects regarding cesarean delivery are important considerations in safety of perinatal care. One is the issue of a high national cesarean rate and its public health and inherent safety concerns for individual patients; the other involves the safety and risk management issues surrounding delays in performance of an emergency cesarean when it is needed. This presentation examines both "sides of the coin" in terms of the need to avoid early (and possibly unnecessary) cesarean delivery and the risks associated with a perinatal unit's inability to perform an emergency cesarean in a timely manner. Strategies for addressing both of these issues will be discussed in detail.


Learning Objectives:
By the end of this webinar-based self-study you should be able to:

  1. Define evidence based strategies to safety perform appropriate numbers of cesarean deliveries on the perinatal unit
  2. Explain the potential causes for delays in performing an emergency cesarean delivery
  3. Discuss strategies that will help appropriate unit responses to the need for emergency cesarean delivery


Level of Learning:


Domain of Practice:
Clinical Risk Management/Patient Safety


Larry Veltman, MD, FACOG, CPHRM


Criteria for Successful Completion:
To receive continuing nursing education contact hours, participants must achieve 80% on the post-test and complete an evaluation at its conclusion.


Continuing Education:
This program is approved for contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and toward CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) renewal. CE credit may be used toward CPHRM renewal only by those holding the credential at the time of the program.

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 1.0 hour
Passing Score: 80%


Conflict of Interest Statement:
As required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, we would like to make you aware of all potential conflicts of interest.

This educational activity’s planners and presenters have indicated that they have no bias or conflict of interest.


Commercial Support:
There is no sponsorship for this event.


Date Published: March 2016
Date to be Reviewed:  Q1 2020
Date of Contact Hour Expiration:  Q4 2019