Acute obstetric emergency drill in England and Wales: a survey of practice


Dr P. Brocklehurst, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Oxford University, Old Road Campus, Old Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LF, UK.


Multidisciplinary training for obstetric emergencies is an issue of current interest and debate in the UK. This paper presents a survey of current practice in obstetric emergency drill training in England and Wales. A wide range of training methods and opinions about these methods are demonstrated in this survey. There is much interest in improving the management of obstetric emergencies and this is to be encouraged. However, reliable methods to assess and thereby optimise methods are urgently required in order that women and their babies can realise the maximum benefit from these complex interventions.