Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2023

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Beth McCoy

Project Team Faculty Member

Leah Baecht


Amniotic Fluid Embolism, OB Emergency, AFE


Access to care in rural areas can prove difficult for any patient, but especially for the expecting mother. Healthcare providers in these rural settings often lack the staffing and experience to effectively recognize and treat rare obstetric emergencies. Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a rare medical emergency that requires healthcare providers to rapidly diagnose, monitor, and treat the sequela of resulting symptoms in the obstetric patient. After a literature review, a teaching session was developed and implemented as part of the annual training for 20 nursing staff at a small 50-bed rural hospital in central California. An 8-question pre-test was given to assess knowledge of AFE, and a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the key presenting symptoms, monitoring, and treatment pathway. After completing the PowerPoint presentation, a post-test was administered following the same format to all 20 nurses to assess key symptoms of AFE, ability to recognize treatment pathways and monitoring recommendations. This project is sustainable by the annual use of the PowerPoint for training and continued review outcomes of suspected AFE cases.

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Literature Review for Amniotic Fluid Embolism Edit 4.docx (67 kB)
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