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Featured Courses

Conferences and seminars are planned in consultation with associations, facilities or Health Regions that have identified needs in perinatal care.

FHS logoFetal Health Surveillance in Labour Course

The Fetal Health Surveillance (FHS) course is designed to provide an evidence-based approach to the fundamental concepts of knowledge in fetal health surveillance and complements the SOGC policy statement on FHS. The course consists of two parts:

  1. The workshop pre-reading manual with the main focus on the two major modes of FHS during labour, intermittent auscultation (IA) and electronic fetal monitoring (EFM).
  2. A one day case study based workshop that emphasizes the application of the concepts presented in the manual.

Topics include fetal heart assessment using intermittent auscultation and electronic FHR monitoring, assessing uterine activity, interpretation of the EFM tracing, appropriate interventions and verbal communication and written documentation. Case studies are used to practice skills in interpreting fetal heart characteristics. The course is intended for physicians, nurses and midwives who want to learn the current fundamental concepts related to FHS in labour. There are testing components associated with the pre-reading manual and the classroom session.

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Best Practices in Intrapartum Nursing Workshop

Intrapartum logoBest Practices in Intrapartum Nursing is a two day workshop for nurses whose current clinical practice includes the care of labouring women. Presented by a multidisciplinary faculty, participants review maternal assessment in labour, comfort measures and supportive care, management of labour, the unexpected delivery, shoulder dystocia and other obstetric emergencies. Participants have an opportunity to discuss guidelines for clinical practice and legal issues in perinatal care. The workshop also provides participants with small group sessions that use a 'hands-on' approach to facilitate learning.

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Women's and Children's Health (Annual POGO Conference)

Presented jointly with the Division of Continuing Professional Learning, College of Medicine and Continuing Nursing Education, College of Nursing, this two and a half day workshop provides an update in pediatrics, perinatal and women's health care. The conference is held each year in either Regina or Saskatoon.

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S.T.A.B.L.E. Transport Education Program

STABLE logoThis is a one day workshop for caregivers providing post-resuscitation and pre-transport care to sick newborns. The goal of the program is to provide a concise guideline of neonatal pre-transport stabilization activities to be employed by community hospital caregivers in a format that optimizes retention and recall. Caregivers learn to anticipate, promptly recognize and effectively manage newborn problems. Completion of the NRP course is recommended prior to attending the S.T.A.B.L.E. program. Includes S.T.A.B.L.E. manual.

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Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) introduces the concepts and basic skills of neonatal resuscitation. The purpose of NRP is to provide health care professionals with the knowledge and skills of neonatal resuscitation. Successful completion of the course does not guarantee that the learner is capable of resuscitation on actual newborns, but lays the foundation of knowledge and skills to build increasing resuscitation proficiency.

NRP is designed in 9 lessons that allow participants to complete the program to the level of their position of responsibility in a newborn resuscitation in a hospital setting. Each lesson contains objectives which require evaluation of the participant's knowledge as well as clinical performance.

The National goal of NRP is to have a trained person capable of performing a complete and competent resuscitation at every birth. It is recommended that the health care professionals who provide care for infants at birth and during the neonatal period successfully complete the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP). The target audience includes physicians, nurses, midwives, registered respiratory therapists and paramedics.

NRP is administered in Canada by the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Canadian NRP Steering Committee

- Provider Course Description

The Provider course includes 9 post tests, 5 skills stations to demonstrate clinical performance and an all-intensive “Megacode” evaluation. The nine lessons include: Overview and Principles of Resuscitation, Initial Steps in Resuscitation, Use of resuscitation Devices for Positive – Pressure Ventilation, Chest Compressions, Endotracheal Intubation, Medication, Special Considerations, Resuscitation of Babies Born Pre-term and Ethics and Care at the End of Life. Pre-study of the course materials is required prior to the course. Participants who complete the course successfully will receive a registration / course completion card from the Canadian pediatric Society (CPS). This registration is recognized throughout North America. Re-registration is recommended every 2 years.

- NRP Materials

The 2006 5th edition of the "Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation" including DVD can be purchased from the Perinatal Education Program.

Approximate Cost: $55.95 + GST + 15% Shipping
Provincial Office: Box 60001 RPO University
Saskatoon, SK S7N 4J8
Phone No: (306) 966-7790
Fax No: (306) 966-7673
NRP Textbook

All Canadian NRP Providers should be knowledgeable about the recommendations by the Canadian NRP Steering Committee and the scientific sub-committee contained in the Addendum to the 2006 NRP Textbook.

The 2006 5th edition of the NRP Instructor Manual is also available from the Perinatal Education Program.

Additional materials such as wall posters, code cards, pocket cards and NRP educational videos are also available from the Canadian Pediatric Society.

The NRP DVD "Cases in Neonatal Resuscitation: Translating Knowledge and Skill into Performance" and the video "Intubating the Newborn" are also available on loan from the Perinatal Education Program.

- Instructor and Instructor Update Courses

Yearly instructor courses are provided in April of each year to keep NRP instructors updated and to train new instructors. Physician, nurse and respiratory therapist instructor teams in Saskatchewan offer training programs at the Provider level. Participants receive an NRP Instructor registration card from the Canadian Pediatric Society.

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Requested Regional Workshops

Program coordinators will assist with planning or will provide on request regional workshops based on identified needs, including:

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