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Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) partner UNC REX Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina, recently shared a website video conveying a happy story from its Obstetric Emergency Department (OBED). The video (at the bottom of the webpage) highlights the life-saving benefits of having an OB/GYN hospitalist onsite around the clock to handle all pregnancy-related situations, including this one involving a rare emergent complication called umbilical cord prolapse.
A month shy of her due date, Cameron Medlin woke up to use the bathroom. Almost immediately, she sensed that her umbilical cord had descended prematurely. Because the umbilical cord carries vital nutrients and oxygen to the baby, a prolapse can compress the cord, interrupting critical oxygen and blood flow and endangering the baby. Both Cameron and her husband, Daniel, knew it was an emergency and rushed to the OBED at UNC REX Hospital.
OBHG Hospitalist Dr. James Kendall was onsite that night and assisted Cameron’s private physician, Dr. Amy Groff, with the emergency C-section to deliver baby Wyeth. OBHG Team Lead at the hospital, Dr. James Hardy, appears in the video. “Every patient sees a physician here, just like in the Emergency Department,” Dr. Hardy said. “I think it adds an element of superior patient care.”
The Medlins could be any family seeking care at the OBED in the middle of the night. Their story is just one of many where a medical crisis was stabilized by expert, highly skilled clinicians on duty 24/7 in the OBED.
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