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Ob Hopitalist Group Medical Director of Operations Dr. Rakhi Dimino was interviewed for a recent U.S. News and World Report article featuring how hospitals are now handling emergencies involving pregnancy and birth.
Dr. Dimino told the news outlet that an obstetrical emergency department (OBED) provides a greater level of safety, especially for women who are at risk for pregnancy complications.
"All the patients have an opportunity to be screened by a physician-nurse team," she said. "It's the difference between predicting an emergency and simply reacting to an emergency."
Most OBEDs in the country are staffed with one OB-GYN and two labor-and-delivery nurses around the clock, Dr. Dimino said. Busier locations have two or more doctors working at a time, or a nurse-midwife or an advanced practice nurse for added support. She emphasized that the patient's regular obstetrican is always an important team collaborator.
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