A variety of information technology–based resources exist for obstetric anesthesia clinicians, offering information regarding clinical practice, ongoing research, and recent publications, and providing avenues for professional interaction among clinicians, patients, the media, and others. This appendix should serve as a brief guide to some of these resources, which include websites, mobile computing applications, and social media resources, including Facebook, Twitter, a and LinkedIn, where available. We have chosen to organize these resources into four sections for ease of navigation: (1) societies and organizations, (2) journals and online information resources, (3) multimedia learning resources, and (4) online communities of practice.
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- Section I:
Obstetric anesthesia societies, other professional societies of interest including pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology, and governmental regulatory organizations.
- Section II:
Leading obstetric anesthesia journals and related online information resources including pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology journals.
- Section III:
Multimedia learning resources, including video, audio podcasts, and virtual reality screen-based simulation in obstetric anesthesia.
- Section IV:
Social media, communities of practice, and online groups of subject matter experts in obstetric anesthesia.
Societies and Organizations
Obstetric Anesthesia Societies
The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP)
SOAP is a subspecialty anesthesiology society based in the United States that promotes excellence in research, education, and the clinical practice of obstetric anesthesiology and perinatology. Significant amounts of educational material are freely available for all users. Freely-available resources include the SOAP Consensus Statement on the Anesthetic Management of Pregnant and Postpartum Women Receiving Thromboprophylaxis or Higher Dose Anticoagulants, available at bit.ly/SOAPAnticoag .
The Obstetric Anaesthetists Association (OAA)
The OAA provides both education and training for anesthesia clinicians in the United Kingdom and other countries, and serves as a resource for women seeking information about analgesia for labor and anesthesia for cesarean delivery. Significant amounts of educational material are freely available for all users.
Other Professional Societies of Interest
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
The AAP promotes the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Significant amounts of educational material are freely available.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
The ACOG promotes health care for women through policy and guideline development, education, and advocacy. A password is required for access to much of the online information, including committee opinions and practice bulletins and guidelines.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)
The ASA encourages education, research, and scientific progress in anesthesiology. The ASA strives to be an advocate for all patients who require anesthesia or relief from pain. The majority of documents, policies, and guidelines are freely available; some sections require a password for access. The ASA practice guidelines for obstetric anesthesia can be found at bit.ly/ASAOBGuidelines , and are included in Appendix B of this text.
The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)
The ASRA provides clinical and professional education for physicians and scientists, promotes excellence in patient care, and encourages research to advance the scientific basis of regional anesthesia and pain medicine. The ASA/ASRA practice advisory regarding infectious complications of neuraxial blockade can be found at bit.ly/ASAASRAInfectious .
The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF)
The APSF seeks to improve patient safety during anesthesia care by encouraging and conducting research and education, programs and campaigns, and national and international exchange of information and ideas. Significant amounts of educational material are freely available for all users. The APSF Newsletter can be found at www.apsf.org/apsf-newsletter/ .
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
The AWHONN seeks to improve the health of women and newborns, and to strengthen the nursing profession through advocacy, research, education, and provision of other professional and clinical resources for nurses and other health care professionals. Some content is freely available for all users. The AWHONN position statement on Nursing Support of Laboring Women is available at bit.ly/AWHONNSupport . The AWHONN position statement on the role of the registered nurse in the care of the pregnant woman receiving analgesia/anesthesia by neuraxial catheter techniques is available at bit.ly/AWHONN-Neuraxial .
The Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS)
The CAS promotes science, vigilance, and compassion in the practice of anesthesiology. Significant amounts of information (including practice guidelines) are freely available for all users. The CAS guidelines for regional (neuraxial) analgesia in obstetric patients can be found as a section in the CAS Guidelines to the Practice of Anesthesia at www.cas.ca/English/Page/Files/97_Guidelines-2017.pdf .
The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)
The IARS encourages the development and dissemination of current, state-of-the-art basic and clinical research data and the newest advances in all areas of clinical anesthesia care.
The International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society (IFMSS)
The IFMSS promotes education and research related to the field of fetal diagnosis and therapy.
The North American Society of Obstetric Medicine (NASOM)
The NASOM promotes and supports research collaboration, communication, and teaching concerning the medical care of pregnant women. General internists from the United States and Canada form the core membership of the society.
The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM)
The SMFM seeks to promote and expand education and research in maternal-fetal medicine and encourages the exchange of new ideas and research concerning the most recent approaches and treatments for obstetric problems.
The Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (SOMANZ)
The SOMANZ seeks to advance clinical and scientific knowledge of hypertensive diseases and medical disorders in pregnancy and to foster collaboration with other regional and international societies interested in hypertension in pregnancy and obstetric medicine.
Governmental Regulatory Organizations
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC provides extensive information on most health-related subjects. For example, information is available on assisted reproductive technologies, birth rates, birth defects, breast-feeding, medication use during pregnancy, nutrition in pregnancy, preterm labor, maternal mortality, and various disease processes in pregnancy.
Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk Through Audits and Confidential Enquiries Across the UK (MBRRACE-UK)
MBRRACE-UK has replaced CMACE as the organization through which severe maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality are reported and studied in the United Kingdom. They provide extensive information on maternal and perinatal mortality statistics, including anesthesia-related deaths, in the United Kingdom.