Critique of the pre-hospital obstetric emergency training course: ALSG

The advanced life support groupThe advanced life support group (ALSG) became a registered educational charity in 1992 and runs a variety of educational courses throughout the year (Box 1). The ethos of the organisation is to ‘preserve lives by providing training and education’.Box 1.Courses run by ALSGALSG paediatricsAPLS—Advanced paediatric life supportPHPLS—Pre-hospital paediatic life supportPLS—Paediatric life supportAPLS—Recertification courseEMNCH—Emergency maternal, newborn and child health (in collaboration with MCAI)ECHT—Emergency child health and trauma (in collaboration with MCAI)VHW—Village health worker (in collaboration with Maternal and Childhealth Advocacy International (MCAI))ALSG obstetricsMOET—Managing obstetric emergencies and traumaPOET—Pre-hospital obstetric emergency trainingEMNCH—Emergency maternal, newborn and child health (in collaboration with MCAI)EMNH—Emergency maternal and newborn health (in collaboration with MCAI)TBA—Traditional birth attendant (in collaboration with MCAI)ALSG acute medical emergenciesMedicALS—Acute medical emergenciesALSG IMMSMIMMS—Major incident medical management and supportHMIMMS—Major incident medical management and support: hospitalHAZIMMS—Major incident medical management and support: CBRNHMIMMS—Team providerMIMMS—Team providerALSG child protectionCPRR—Child protection recognition and responseCPIP—Child protection in practiceALSG transfersSTaR—Safe transfer and retrievalPaNSTaR—Paediatric and neonatal safe transfer and retrievalSTaR—Trust basedALSG instructor trainingGIC—Generic instructor courseALSG's pre-hospital obstetric emergency training (POET) course has been available since 2008 and aims: ‘…to teach the practical procedures necessary to save the mother and fetus in life threatening circumstances before admission to hospital’.(Advanced Life Support Group, 2012).The course is suitable for all advanced-life support level practitioners and is deemed to be particularly beneficial for paramedics and pre-hospital nurses and doctors. To date, 73 people have completed the course in the UK. The charity also has centres in Holland and Switzerland. The course comprises of approximately 10 hours online learning, covering 32 topics in seven modules. This is ratified by an online multiple choice question paper, where a pass mark of 80 % is expected. Following completion of online learning, candidates are required to complete a two day face-to-face course taught by a mixture of consultant obstetricians, doctors, midwives and paramedics. Over these two days learning is achieved through group discussion, simulations and skill workshops.

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