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At the very beginning of his obstetrics career, Dr. Chris Swain was astonished to learn that many expectant mothers, concerned that something might be wrong, did not even see a physician when they came to the emergency room. Instead, they were evaluated by a Labor and Delivery nurse taking instructions over the phone from a physician. If the patient and her baby were in serious distress, it became a waiting game, with the risk escalating every minute she waited for medical attention from her doctor — or any doctor.
“One night in early 2006, I woke up with an idea,” Dr. Swain explained. Private OB/GYNs not only suffered the inconvenience of being disturbed at all hours, but they also were taking risks by managing patients’ care over the phone without actually seeing them. Should an emergency arise, that patient has to wait, and delays in care at this time can be quite serious. “It was my ‘aha’ moment. We had to fix that, and the way to do it was by creating the 24/7 obstetric emergency department (OBED).”
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