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In health care, the term "second victim," is an increasingly recognized phenomenon following an unexpected adverse patient event, medical error and/or patient related injury. Patients and their loved ones are the first victims, but a health care professional can experience emotional aftershock and feel traumatized following an adverse patient event.
We’re just days away from the Society of OB/GYN Hospitalists (SOGH) Annual Clinical Meeting, scheduled this year for September 27-30 in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. This event brings together physicians, midwives, nurses and others who support the OB/GYN hospitalist model.
OBHG’s CARE (Clinician Assistance, Recovery & Encouragement) peer support program is getting industry attention. Recently, Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare highlighted how CARE supports clinicians who may suffer from the psychological/emotional impacts of an adverse patient event.
They are the ones who care for the most vulnerable newborns, those born prematurely and with low birthweight, birth defects, infection, and other medical challenges. Neonatal nurses not only need the knowledge to negotiate around tubes and precise IV dosages and monitors and incubators, but they also must have the gentlest touch to nurture and comfort both babies and their families during a difficult time. It takes a very special person to work in this field, and this week we honor neonatal nurses for their commitment, professionalism, and caring.
It may seem like the pinprick heard round the world. If your newborn screams, don’t be dismayed. Your baby is more startled by the prick than anything else. The pain is gone almost before it begins. And you’re doing the right thing by letting hospital staff draw a few drops of blood from your newborn’s heel.
Meet Dr. Michael White, our lead hospitalist at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, CO. Dr. White recently performed surgery to deliver a baby and remove a uterus at the same time (to decrease the patient’s cancer risk).
The following OBHG partner hospitals were recently recognized as top-ranked regional hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-2019 annual review of its best hospitals.
OBHG recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of its successful partnership with St. David’s North Austin Medical Center. Since July 2008, OBHG clinicians have provided 24/7 coverage for St. David’s Labor and Delivery unit, Obstetric Emergency Department and most recently, management of maternal-fetal transports.
In 2016, OBHG and one of our system partners undertook a study to analyze the key risk mitigation strategies that resulted in favorable loss trends/claim reduction for the system in recent years. The study found that a 31 percent reduction in perinatal serious-harm events at hospitals was attributable to one factor: implementation of an OB hospitalist program at those facilities.