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A method of teaching critical care skills to undergraduate student midwives using the maternal-acute illness management (M-AIM) training day.

McCarthy, Rose; Nuttall, Janet; Smith, Joyce; Hollins Martin, Caroline J


Rose McCarthy

Janet Nuttall

Joyce Smith


The most recent confidential enquiry into maternal deaths (CMACE, 2011) identified human errors, specifically those of midwives and obstetricians/doctors as a fundamental component in contributing to maternal death in the UK. This paper discusses these findings and outlines a project to provide training in maternal-acute illness management (M-AIM) to final year student midwives. Contents of the program are designed to educate and simulate AIM skills and increase confidence and clinical ability in early recognition, management and referral of the acutely ill woman. An outline of the maternal-aim program delivered at the University of Salford (Greater Manchester, UK) is presented to illustrate how this particular institution has responded to a perceived need voiced by local midwifery leaders. It is proposed that developing this area of expertise in the education system will better prepare student midwives for contemporary midwifery practice.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 2, 2014
Online Publication Date May 2, 2014
Publication Date 2014-11
Deposit Date Jul 29, 2015
Print ISSN 1471-5953
Electronic ISSN 1873-5223
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 14
Issue 6
Pages 747-751
Keywords Maternal-acute illness management (M-AIM); acute Illness management (AIM); critical care; education; maternal mortality; maternal morbidity; student midwives; educational intervention; confidential enquiry maternal deaths;
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