This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Discuss elements of obstetrical care that may be modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2. List the obstetrical practices and procedures where standard guidelines should be followed despite the COVID-19 pandemic
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.5 hours
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Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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NOTE: Information and guidelines may change rapidly. Check in with listed references in ‘Learn More – Primary Sources’ to best keep up to date. This entry has been updated with additional information on counseling patients working in a non-healthcare setting.
ACOG has released FAQs that address common questions faced by obstetrical care professionals. The recommendations in this document reinforce CDC guidance and clarify some issues specific to obstetrics. Below are highlighted FAQs from the document (please see ‘Learn More – Primary Sources’ below for link to complete document)
For Pregnant Women
Health Care Professionals (CDC Guidance)
Continue to Manage According to Current Clinical Guidance
Antenatal Fetal Surveillance: Additional Considerations
Monoclonal antibodies are recommended by the NIH for use in the following clinical scenarios (see ‘Related ObG Topics’ below for NIH COVID Treatment Guidelines)
PEP should not be withheld from pregnant or lactating individuals who have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2, especially those with additional conditions that increase their risk of progressing to severe disease
Pregnant or lactating patients and their providers should determine whether the potential benefits of the drugs outweigh the potential risks
Pregnancy is included among the conditions that put individuals at high risk for clinical progression
This makes patients with pregnancy as their only risk factor eligible to receive outpatient monoclonal antibodies, according to the EUA (NIH)
Obstetric care clinicians may consider the use of monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of non-hospitalized COVID-19 positive pregnant individuals with mild to moderate symptoms, particularly if one or more additional risk factors are present (eg BMI >25, chronic kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease)
Lactation is not a contraindication for the use of monoclonal antibodies
Note: Some monoclonal antibodies that were effective against previous variants have limited effectiveness against Omicron variant and therefore ACOG recommends “physicians should consult their facilities as to which monoclonal antibody therapies against SARS-CoV-2 infection are available for treatment options”
Note: There is risk for drug interactions including mediations used in pregnancy (e.g., nifedipine) | ACOG recommends that “Prescribing clinicians should consult the full prescribing information prior to and during treatment for potential drug interactions”
Note: ACOG states that “short-term exposure to these medications must be balanced against the maternal and fetal risks associated with untreated COVID-19 in pregnancy”
Because of the possible additive effect of the increased risk of thrombosis from COVID-19 infection and the hypercoagulative state of pregnancy, it may be prudent to consider this increased likelihood of clotting before adminisitering TXA for postpartum hemorrhage
…institutions should be mindful of how restrictions might differentially and negatively affect these communities, which in many areas are also disproportionately affected by COVID-19
COVID-19 FAQs for Obstetrician-Gynecologists, Obstetrics
Infection Control: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) | CDC
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