Introduction of an obstetric-specific medical emergency team for obstetric crises: implementation and experience.
ABSTRACT We describe the implementation and experience with adding an obstetric-specific medical emergency team (called Condition O for obstetric crisis) to an existing rapid response system at Magee-Womens Hospital.
In response to deficits identified during patient safety review of adverse obstetric events in 2004 and 2005, the hospital administration decided to add a crisis team with expertise specifically designed for maternal and/or fetal crises.
During the first 6 months, staff rarely called Condition O (14 per 10,000 obstetric admissions). After reeducation efforts, use of Condition O increased to 62 per 10,000 obstetric admissions during 2006.
We outline our hospital's experience with implementation, efforts to address low utilization, and 1.5 years of Condition O event data. Condition O is a work in progress. In light of this, we discuss the challenges of measuring its patient safety outcome, considerations for team size and composition, and our efforts to determine an optimal Condition O rate.
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ABSTRACT: Abstract Objective We surveyed obstetricians to determine their knowledge, patterns of care, and treatment preferences for women with placenta accreta. Methods A 27-item survey was mailed to fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The survey included demographics, questions regarding knowledge and items to examine practice patterns. Results Among 994 surveyed practitioners 508 responded including 338 who practiced obstetrics. Among generalists, 23.8% of respondents referred patients with placenta accreta to a sub-specialist. Overall, 20.4% referred women to the nearest tertiary center, and 7.1% referred to a regional center. Delivery was recommended at 34-36 weeks by 41.2%. Adjuvant interventions including ureteral stents (26.3%), iliac artery embolization catheters (28.1%), and balloon occlusion catheters (20.1%) were used infrequently. Six or more units of blood were crossed for delivery by only 29.0% of practitioners. Conclusion There is widespread variation in the care of women with or at risk for placenta accreta.The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine: the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians 04/2013; · 1.36 Impact Factor
Chapter: Uterine Atony: Management StrategiesBlood Transfusion in Clinical Practice, 03/2012; , ISBN: 978-953-51-0343-1
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ABSTRACT: Rates of abnormally invasive placentation have been escalating. The condition requires meticulous planning to ensure safety at delivery. Although placenta accreta remains the most common reason for Caesarean hysterectomy in developed nations, medical and surgical therapies have allowed fertility preservation. Most planning strategies start with risk factor assessment and diagnostic imaging. Early planning of arrangements for antepartum and intrapartum management is preferable to late planning, when emergency situations are more likely to occur. Based on maternal and fetal morbidities, and published evidence of factors that may diminish these risks, we have developed a checklist to aid the antepartum and intrapartum management of potentially challenging cases of invasive placentation or to aid in considering tertiary care consultation and transfer. The proposed checklist may best benefit physicians working in primary and secondary levels of care in Canada. Ideally, this checklist would be available in electronic form, with alerts as needed; a copy of the checklist should be kept in the patient's medical chart, with periodic updates.Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology Canada: JOGC = Journal d'obstetrique et gynecologie du Canada: JOGC 04/2012; 34(4):320-4.