Dupont, WA – Taking care of patients on a labor and delivery suite can be an overwhelming task, especially for medical students and junior residents. It is a challenging environment which requires a solid understanding of the unique physiology of pregnancy and also demands quick decisions in order to ensure the best patient outcomes. A Practical Manual to Labor and Delivery for Medical Students and Residents by author (and DuPont resident) Dr. Shad Deering is the perfect tool to augment residents and students’ awareness and knowledge about labor and delivery.
Managing patients on labor and delivery involves a wide range of procedures and examinations that are unique to this specialty, and current medical handbooks and textbooks do not explain them well. Because it is so essential for residents and students to understand the indications and contraindications to procedures as well as how to know actually perform them, this book begins with an overview of labor and discusses and describes in detail all of the basic procedures that students and residents need to know in order to work on the labor floor. Evaluation of fetal heart rate tracings is given emphasis as well as the management of the each of the three stages of labor. This manual also introduces important topics such as the induction and augmentation of labor, anesthesia and analgesia, indications and techniques for operative vaginal delivery, cesarean delivery, and laceration and episiotomy repair. It contains a unique section called a “cesarean talk-through” which describes the procedure in sequence specifying what the provider needs to ask for and then how to perform each step with photos of the instruments used included. Moreover, this book provides sections on neonatal resuscitation, postpartum care, common obstetric complications and emergencies, and even a medication database with the most up to date doses and medications used.
The birth of a child is always an inspiring event, and the responsibility of taking care of laboring patients requires the most prepared provider possible. This manual provides a collection of the most critical and needed information and algorithms easily accessible in one place, and provides a concrete way to enhance residents and medical students’ performance on their obstetric rotations.
About the Author
Dr. Shad Deering is a board-certified perinatologist who is currently stationed at Madigan Army Medical Center. He is also the Medical Director for the Andersen Simulation Center and the Chairman for the Army Central Simulation Committee which is responsible for oversight of simulation for Graduate Medical Education in the Army. Dr. Deering has published extensively both in journals and textboooks on a wide range of topics but his emphasis and passion are in teaching and simulation training for obstetrics.