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March 11-17 is National Patient Safety Awareness Week 2018. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is the primary sponsor of the annual observance through its United for Patient Safety Campaign.
IHI is asking both clinicians and consumers to focus on patient safety as a serious public health issue.
Millions of women around the world suffer from endometriosis — a condition in which uterine tissue migrates and grows abnormally outside of the uterus. Some women have no symptoms, while others experience severe pain, especially during their menstrual period.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates that about one in 10 reproductive-age women suffers from endometriosis.
From ReachMD with host Renée Simone Yolanda Allen, MD, MHSc., FACOG
Obstetrical emergency care units offer pregnant women highly-specialized emergency care as a better alternative to the traditional emergency room visit. These units have been proven to increase patient satisfaction and improve emergency room wait time lengths. Where are they being utilized, and what are the barriers to implementing them nationwide?
Host Renée Allen talks with guests Dr. Brian Gilpin, national clinical director of operations for OB hospitalists at Mednax National Medical Group, and OBHG Founder Dr. Christopher Swain. They discuss the benefits and challenges of obstetrical emergency care units.
According to OBHG's Dr. Jane van Dis, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) attempts can reduce medically unnecessary C-sections. This week, Contemporary OB/GYN published an article by Dr. van Dis, who serves as OBHG's Medical Director for Business Development and an OB hopsitalist in Bakersfield, CA.
"The VBAC attempt rate is only about 9%, even though the overall success rate for women who attempt a trial of labor after cesarean delivery is estimated at 60% to 80%. We can do better," she writes.
For most people, the very notion of having heart surgery performed on their newborn is terrifying. In fact, a study published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) found that parents whose children have undergone cardiac surgery had an elevated risk for trauma, depression, and psychological distress. Even though outcomes from infant heart surgery have improved over the past decades, the prospect nonetheless induces anxiety.
Today, hospitals face more issues and challenges than ever before. Certification and scope of practice are key issues. But even greater is the skyrocketing costs of healthcare. The more the industry tries to rein in costs and streamline care, the bigger role hospitalists play. Hospitalists address a wide range of issues from efficiency of care, pay-for-performance measures and increasing patient capacity, to quality incentives and quality improvement in patient safety and care.
Earlier this month, the California Health and Human Service Agency (CHHS) and Smart Care California released their 2017 C-section honor roll, recognizing hospitals that met or surpassed a 23.9 percent C-section birth rate for first-time mothers with low-risk pregnancies. OBHG is proud that 11 of our 18 California hospital partners made the honor roll, and all but one made the list for two consecutive years. The full honor roll lists 111 hospitals, accounting for 45 percent of California's 242 hospitals that offer maternity services.
Should you still get a flu shot? Experts say it's not too late
Parents are understandably freaking out about the severity of this year's flu, which has so far killed 30 children, according to the CDC. For the first time, the entire country except Hawaii and DC is reporting widespread flu, with many cases from a particularly nasty strain called H3N2. The first question on every parent's mind is, "What can I do to keep my child from catching it?"
Rates of flu are skyrocketing in the U.S., with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking high rates especially in the South, Midwest, Southwest, and West.
Lost in the flurry of news stories is the startling and alarming report from the CDC in December that only about one-third of pregnant women are getting flu shots. A startling 64 percent of pregnant women had not been vaccinated against the flu, despite recommendations from the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
We are proud to announce that OBHG Certified Nurse Midwife Christina Kopingon, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC, has been appointed to the American Health Council's Board of Nurses. Kopingon serves as Midwife Team Lead at our OB hospitalist program at Bethesda Hospital East, in Boynton Beach, FL. Congratulations, Christina!