2nd Edition

The Labour Ward Handbook, second edition

ISBN 9781853158100
Published March 24, 2010 by CRC Press
296 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

The Labour Ward Handbook, second edition, is a succinct manual that provides detailed clinical practice guidelines for the care of women in labour. Dealing more with the practice than the theory of labour ward management, this book is designed to be a ready guide for use in the delivery suite by the busy clinician.

The format has been specifically designed to make retrieval of information quick and simple. Relevant pages can be reproduced and filed in the patient's case-notes thus serving not only as an aide memoire and checklist, but also as a supplementary record of the care provided.

The Labour Ward Handbook is essential reading for practising obstetricians of all grades, midwives, labour ward managers, and all other medical professionals who are interested in the conduct of labour and risk management in the delivery suite.

Key Features

  • Checklists and bullet points for quick and straightforward guidence
  • 'Further reading' at the end of each section
  • Compliant with RCOG and NICE guidelines
  • Builds on a very popular first edition

If you work on the labour ward, this is the book to have with you at all times.

Table of Contents

Bleep/crash calls

PART I: Approach to care
Admission to, and discharge home from, the delivery suite
Learning from clinical incidents
Transfer of care between professionals
Reviewing what happened
Further reading for Part I

PART II: Normal and low-risk labour
Vaginal examination
Intravenous cannulation
Management of normal labour
Prelabour rupture of membranes at term (37-42 weeks)
Management of the first stage of labour
Fetal monitoring
Fetal scalp blood sampling
Augmentation of labour
Cord-blood sampling
Epidural analgesia in labour
Management of the second stage of labour
Criteria for paediatric attendance at delivery
Management of the third stage of labour
Immediate postpartum care
Care of the newborn
Meconium-stained amniotic fluid
Neonatal resuscitation
Babies born before arrival at hospital
The woman with a history of childhood sexual abuse
Use of birthing pool
Further reading for Part II

PART III: Abnormal and high-risk labour
Powers, passenger, passage
Caesarean section
Recovery of obstetric patients
High-dependency care
Failed intubation drill
Instrumental delivery
Trial of vaginal delivery after a previous caesarean section
Induction of labour
Antenatal corticosteroid therapy
Preterm prelabour rupture of membranes
Preterm uterine contractions
Deliveries at the lower margin of viability
Multiple pregnancy
Abnormal lie in labour
Occipitoposterior position
Breech presentation
External cephalic version
The woman with genital mutilation
The obese woman in labour
Perineal tear
Medical conditions
Heart disease in labour
Peripartum cardiomyopathy
Diabetes mellitus
Asthma (acute exacerbation in labour)
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Other connective tissue disorders
Haemorrhage and haematological disorders
The rhesus-negative woman
Thromboembolism prophylaxis
Acute venous thromboembolism and pulmonary embolism
Major haemoglobinopathy
Inherited coagulation disorders: haemophilia and von Willebrand's disease
Immune thrombocytopenic purpura
Gestational thrombocytopenia
Antepartum haemorrhage
Major placenta praevia
Retained placenta
Postpartum haemorrhage
Disseminated intravascular coagulopathy
Delivery of the woman at known risk of haemorrhage
Management of the woman who declines blood transfusion
Prophylactic antibiotics
Intrapartum pyrexia
Hepatitis B and C
Intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis for group B streptococci
Genital herpes
Human immunodeficiency virus
Other obstetric emergencies
Cervical tear and paravaginal haematoma
Rupture of the uterus
Shoulder dystocia
Cord prolapse
Inverted uterus
Amniotic fluid embolism
Sudden maternal collapse
Latex allergy
Stillbirths and congenital abnormalities
Checklist for fetal loss at 13-23 weeks
Intrauterine fetal demise
Mid-trimester termination of pregnancy for fetal abnormality
Protocol for medical termination of mid-trimester pregnancy
Further reading for Part III

Appendix A: Guidance for obtaining consent to treatment
Appendix B: Standards for administering blood transfusion

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Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, UK; Honorary Senior Lecturer, Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK


5 Stars: A Concise Practical Guide
As a student midwife due to qualify in March, I have purchased this book in preparation for my career in midwifery. It is a consice practical guide that gives detailed instructions on how to manage clients on labour wards. This book addresses all aspects of care including communication and risk management. RCOG guidelines relating to care of women in labour, NICE guidelines on IOL and fetal monitoring, CNST standards for maternity Care and Cochrane reviews are all used in this book. I would recommend this book to anyone working within the midwifery profession.

Amazon customer review, Jan 2004

5 Stars: Good book

Amazon customer review, Jun 2010

5 Stars: Great quick reference book
This book is so useful on the ward. It's easy and quick to look things up as it uses very clear text with bold print and plenty of bullet points. Guidelines are taken from NICE, it's evidence-based and extremely relevant for practising in the NHS. As a third year Midwifery student I find it invaluable as a quick reference - it's really helpful for plans of care, tests to carry out etc, especially for more complicated cases. Midwives, students and doctors alike have commented positively on it at work. It's a great book if you've studied the theory, but just want a practical guide to applying it on the ward or if you're just starting out and need a few prompts.

Amazon customer review, Jul 10

"It's a really good idea to provide a generic set of guidelines applicable to all labour ward settings: it's very easy to flick quickly to relevant content. This comprehensive guide to the labour ward will be a useful addition to any unit."

BMA Medical Book Awards 2010