83% fewer stillbirths, 17% fewer major neurologic injuries

By obhg.admin on April 16th, 2013

Healthcare Industry research confirms the positive impact and value hospitalists programs like Ob Hospital Group have on hospital systems. In fact, not one study has shown a decrease in any quality measures. At the recent Annual Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine the latest studies and statistic were presented in an effort to help industry stakeholders understand the life-changing advantages of the hospitalist model.  

The first study group compared sixteen hospitals that employed hospitalists (H group) and eight that did not (NH group).  Hospitals were matched for annual delivery volume, geographic area, teaching hospital status and level of neonatal ICU care.  Their findings are below: 1

  • Hospitals with a hospitalist program saw about a 15% decline in induction of labor and preterm deliveries.
  • Pre-term labor fell in the H group but rose in the NH group. (originally 0.85 to 0.72 and 0.96 respectively)
  • The impact was similar for spontaneous preterm birth and medically-indicated preterm birth (0.81; H to 0.85;NH)
  • H group had a total cesarean rate of 26% compared to 29% in NH group.

In a separate study, hospitals saw a similar reduction in cesarean delivery rates and a more than twofold increase in attempted vaginal birth after a prior cesarean.2

In the third study a computer simulation comparing probabilistic scenarios for two events that require urgent delivery; umbilical cord prolapse and major placental abruption at H and NH hospitals: In a theoretical cohort of 100,000 pregnant women, employment of hospitalists at hospitals with a volume of 1,000 deliveries a year would be expected to result in 83% fewer stillbirths, 17% fewer cases of major neurologic injury, and 13% fewer neonatal deaths.3

Ob Hospital Group is at the forefront of improving hospital care by providing highly-skilled, Board Certified OB/GYNs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year delivering closer patient monitoring, providing consistent care and boosting patient safety.  To date, we have partnered with over 40 hospitals across the nation to elevate the standard of women’s healthcare one patient at a time. 

1. Srinivas S, et al "Does the laborist model improve obstetric outcomes?" SMFM 2013; Abstract 79.
2. Cheng Y, et al "Labor and delivery coverage: around-the-clock or as-needed?" SMFM 2013; Abstract 80.
3. Allen A, et al "The cost effectiveness of 24 hr in-house obstetric coverage" SMFM 2013; Abstract 81.


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