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Improving Patient Outcomes in Obstetric Emergencies Utilizing Frequent Unannounced Simulation Drills Supplemented with Interactive Web-based Education

Gayle Olson, MD
Mary Claire Haver, MD
Barbara Ferrell, PhD
Patricia Morgan, RN
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

A unique simulation suite was created to  allow hands-on training and provide simulation scenarios for difficult obstetric emergencies—without risk to patients—for all medical students, residents and nurses in obstetrics and gynecology. This suite has been equipped with high-fidelity simulation mannequins and is complemented by an interactive web-based program called “Design A Case.” This web-based program is a unique series of interactive study cases which is linked to each simulation emergency. Periodic, unplanned obstetric drills are done to focus on the following areas: maneuvers for vaginal breech delivery, managing and controlling postpartum hemorrhaging, eclamptic seizures, shoulder dystocia and CPR during pregnancy. Residents have an opportunity to participate in these drills approximately six times per year.

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