19IDSIM029 - Basic Life Support in Obstetrics - BLSO®

May 23, 2019 Closed Medicine Nursing

19IDSIM029 - Basic Life Support in Obstetrics - BLSO®


In some rural communities, a combination of closed maternity wards and fewer physicians providing maternity care means that women have to travel farther distances to receive prenatal care and deliver their baby. Women who travel longer distances to give birth increase their risks, which can lead to poorer health for them and their babies. In addition, the rate of premature births is increasing across the country. When normal and emergency pre-hospital obstetric care needs arise, first responders and emergency personnel can respond effectively with the knowledge and confidence they gain as a result of the BLSO® curriculum. BLSO® is an evidence-based, hands-on training program that helps you manage normal labor and perinatal emergencies while promoting an environment of teamwork. Adapted from the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO®) Program, this one-day course focuses on the practical management of normal deliveries and common obstetric emergencies.

One month in advance of the course date, learners will be provided an email link to the online pre-test, which must be completed prior to the start of the course. Registrants are required to score at least 80% and provide the exam summary page to the MAHEC Program Coordinator before attending the BLSO® Provider Course. Additionally, there will be instructions on how to instantly download and print the BLSO® Provider Manual to read/review prior to the course. Access to this manual is included in the registration fee. All participants are expected to bring the course manual to class.

In order to accommodate the above requirements and process your registration in a timely manner, registration for this course will close at noon on Tuesday, May 21st.

After the course is complete, the Course Sponsor is responsible for providing post-course documentation to the BLSO® Program within 2 weeks. After the Course Sponsor has submitted all required post-course documentation, learners will be emailed letters of participation by the AAFP. For those who successfully complete all course requirements, wallet cards will also be included at the bottom of the emailed letter of participation.

The material presented during this course has been made available by the American Academy of Family Physicians for educational purposes only. This material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily the best methods or procedures appropriate for the situations discussed, but rather is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the instructors which may be helpful to others who face similar situations.

The AAFP disclaims any and all liability for injury, or other damages, resulting to any individual attending this course and for all claims which may arise out of the use of the techniques demonstrated therein by such individuals, whether these claims shall be asserted by a physician, or any other person.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the data presented at this course. Learners may care to check specific details, such as drug doses and contraindications, etc., in standard sources prior to clinical application. The AAFP does not certify competence upon completion of the BLSO® Provider Course, nor does it intend this course to serve as a basis for requesting new or expanded privileges.

Target Audience

The BLSO® Provider Course is adapted from the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO®) program. BLSO® is an educational program designed to enhance cognitive and procedural skills for first responders when encountered with a variety of obstetrical emergencies. The target audience might include emergency physicians and nurses, flight nurses, physician assistants, paramedics, EMT, EMS, residents, medical students and nursing students.


Upon completion of this live activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Improve the management of normal deliveries and obstetrical emergencies through teaching basic, standardized skills to emergency personnel and first responders as well as medical, nursing and physician assistant students
  • Facilitate productive, collegial interactions between all students interested in maternity care, first responders and maternity care providers
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining high standards of education and training for pre-hospital care providers and ED personnel as well as medical, nursing, and physician assistant students
  • Promote teamwork and patient safety to improve the quality of maternity care provided by pre-hospital providers and ED personnel as well as medical, nursing, and physician assistant students
  • Detailed educational objectives are listed at the beginning of each BLSO® Course Syllabus chapter.


  • Elaine Alexander, BSN, MSN, RNC-OB
  • Susan Alexander, MD
  • Martha C. Carlough, MD, MPH
  • Amber S. Henson, MD
  • Heidi M. Knoll, MD
  • Alyssa Nathan, MD
  • Nimeka Phillip, MD


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