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As of October 15, 2008, the Postpartum Hemorrhage and Maternal Resuscitation lectures will be combined into a workstation format. The ALSO Course Materials CD-ROM, which is distributed to ALSO course sponsors, provides an instructional video and crib sheets (also available below) to assist faculty with the implementation of this curriculum change.
REQUIRED: Safety in Maternity Care must be the first presentation on Day 1 of the Provider Course (effective January 2011).
OPTIONAL: Labor Dystocia can be presented as a luncheon lecture.
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Required Lectures (Recommended Time: 20-25 minutes)
Crib sheets on the following topics are now available as teaching aids for instructors:
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CD-ROM is updated regularly. Sponsors must purchase new CD-ROM with every course.
A new written examination will be available on the ALSO Course Materials CD-ROM, which is distributed to ALSO Course sponsors.
New OB cases covering the following topics will be available on the ALSO Course Materials CD-ROM:
Maneuvers for Shoulder Dystocia -- Guidelines on how to handle maneuvers using the 'LOT' position as an example. (Recommended for access via Firefox or Chrome web browser.
The 2006 to present edition of the ALSO syllabus is an ongoing process. As chapters are revised, they will be replaced in the syllabus. If a chapter currently does not need to be revised, one-page evidence-based addendum will be published. All revised chapters and one-page addendum are available on this Web site.
Strength of Recommendation -- The 2006 to present edition of the ALSO syllabus and one-page evidence-based addendum use the Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT) to determine evidence-based recommendations.
The 2000 ALSO Syllabus revision used many resources to evaluate the available literature. Authors and editors conducted searches of the Cochrane Library, resources from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. Various databases, including but not limited to MEDLINE, PUBMED and OVID were also searched.
Levels of Evidence -- In the 2000 edition, quality of the studies was evaluated according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care criteria to determine levels of evidence.
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