Effectiveness of team training in managing shoulder dystocia: a retrospective study

Joost van de Ven, Frank J.H.M. van Deursen, Pieter J. van Runnard Heimel, Ben Willem J. Mol, S. Guid Oei

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Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness of simulation team training for the management of shoulder dystocia. Primary outcome measures were the number of reported cases of shoulder dystocia, as well as fetal injury that occurred from it. Secondary outcome is documentation of manoeuvres used to alleviate shoulder dystocia. Methods: Retrospective cohort study in a teaching hospital in the Netherlands, in a 38 month period before and after implementation of team training. Results: We compared 3492 term vaginal cephalic deliveries with 3496 deliveries before and after team training. Incidence of shoulder dystocia increased from 51 to 90 cases (RR 1.8 (95% CI: 1.3–2.5)). Fetal injury occurred in 16 and eight cases, respectively (RR 0.50 (95% CI: 0.21–1.2)). Before team training started, the all-fours manoeuvre was never used, while after team training it was used in 41 of 90 cases (45%). Proper documentation of all manoeuvres used to alleviate shoulder dystocia significantly increased after team training (RR 1.6 (95% CI: 1.05–2.5)). Conclusions: Simulation team training increased the frequency of shoulder dystocia, facilitated implementation of the all-fours technique, improved documentation of delivery notes and may have a beneficial effect on the number of children injured due to shoulder dystocia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3167-3171
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Healthcare team
  • obstetric labour complications
  • obstetrics
  • simulation

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