Full House for
“Short Stories of OB Malpractice &
How They Might
Have Been Avoided
Stephen Brzezinski, a leading OB malpractice defense attorney from Kitch, Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, and Emily Hamilton, PeriGen Senior Vice President of Clinical Research presented to a packed house of labor & delivery directors, clinicians, educators, and risk managers last night at the AWHONN Convention in Grapevine, Texas.
The invitation-only presentation focused on factors leading to OB malpractice complaints as well as recent malpractice actions involving labor & delivery clinicians and offered practice strategies and discussion on how they might have been avoided.
PeriGen is also exhibiting at the AWHONN Convention (Booth 615), where the event team will be offering demonstrations of the latest features of the PeriCALM obstetric decision support system, an electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) system that provides “safety net” benefits for labor & delivery clinical teams.
PeriGen is dedicated to helping prevent OB malpractice by providing enriched data that support clinical decisions at the bedside, at the nurses station and to providers remotely.
This is a story about how labor & delivery nurses from across the United States fixed a problem. And it’s not a fairy tale. It all started at last year’s AWHONN National Convention when PeriGen asked those who stopped by the booth one simple question:
What’s your biggest EFM challenge?
The overwhelming answer: Double documentation. The waste. The toggling between EFM and EHR. The resulting headaches, the inaccuracies, and the overtime.
We came back from the convention and got to work. This year, again at the AWHONN National Convention at Booth 615, we’ll showcase our answer. A way to cut double charting and way to help OB nurses spend more time on what matters most to them.
We’re even giving those who visit Booth 615 a chance to take home the gift of time, right away in the form of PeriGen’s “Gift of Time” watches. Stop by and see the answer to your double charting challenges — and feel free to give us the next challenge on your list.
What you need to know…
The average temperature in San Diego is a bit cooler this time of year, usually in the 50’s, so you’ll be less tempted by the fun stuff to do while you’re attending this year’s California AWHONN Section Conference. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of temptation. Which of these would be your favorite?
- Visiting the Giant Pandas at the San Diego Zoo
- Taking a look at PeriGen’s new innovative CheckList tool
- Visiting the Botanical Building at Balboa Park
- Taking a spa break at The Town & Country Resort
PeriGen will be exhibiting at this year’s Perinatal Leadership Conference, November 11-14 in Dallas, TX. The conference. sponsored by Synova Associates, is a networking and learning event that focuses on the current challenges faced by obstetric nurse leaders and their practical solution.
PeriGen’s support will include a brief breakfast presentation by Emily Hamilton, PeriGen’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Research, to summarize the research and methods for the successful use of labor checklists at the bedside.
Obstetric checklists have been proven to be an effective means of applying protocols to care, but complying with their use remains a challenge for labor & delivery leaders.
PeriGen will also be demonstrating and providing complimentary ROI Analysis, for their perinatal software solutions, including PeriCALM CheckList at Booth #5.
PeriGen simplifies the use of obstetric checklists with PeriCALM CheckList solution
Checklists are an integral part of everyday life for many of us. Whether you’re an airline pilot getting ready for an international flight or a vacationer packing suitcases to take that flight, checklists help ensure all the proper processes have been followed and all the details covered.
Checklists also play a central role in obstetrical patient safety. For example, nurses often use a checklist to help track critical data. Usually this means rolling out long tracings to manually count contractions and estimate accelerations, decelerations and other important statistics.
Of course, time spent counting and calculating is time not spent on caring for mothers and babies. That’s one of the reasons PeriGen is introducing its new PeriCALM® CheckList™ solution at the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2015 Annual Convention this month. It simplifies the process by automatically counting and summarizing specific fetal heart rate patterns and other factors that are routinely tracked and displays color-coded trends as well as a live status indicator on the toolbar.
The displays provide quick visual cues when checklist criteria are present and persistent, helping nurses know when to take quick action. The cues can be further customized to the preferences and practices specific to the hospital or health system. It’s a great way to maximize the value and effectiveness of a checklist program.
Is your organization using checklists for labor and delivery? If so, have they been easy to use, and are they delivering the expected benefits? If you haven’t been using them, any plans to start?
Good work to those lucky obstetric professionals who have responded to the EFM IQ test so far. 91.3% got the first EFM IQ question right. Last week, however, it dipped to 57.8%. This week’s question is another easy one, especially for those attending the upcoming AWHONN California and Minnesota Section Conferences. Click to see how you stack up then visit us at the AWHONN events (we’re a sponsor) to check out how you did and get your “just rewards.”