24 Jan

Steamboat Perinatal Conference

Inventor of PeriGen advanced fetal monitoring

Once again, PeriGen’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Research, Dr. Emily Hamilton, and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Thomas Garite, presented at the annual Steamboat Perinatal Conference in Colorado.  Dr. Garite’s presentation titled “The New Labor Guidelines: Benefit or Harm” incited much discussion as did Dr. Hamilton’s review of the importance of precision when looking fetal heart rate deceleration area.

Dr. Hamilton’s presentation, titled “Fetal Heart Rate Deceleration Area: Size Matters,”  reviewed the literature related to both the widespread inconsistency in fetal heart rate assessments, the impact this has on outcomes, and the many challenges associated with “typing” decelerations.  Much of her paper focused on a suggested, alternative methodology using deceleration area/time.

Her presentation slides are now available by clicking here

The annual Steamboat Perinatal Conference, now in its 32nd year, addresses current and controversial topics in perinatal care.  The faculty is drawn from both active practitioners and clinical researchers.  Although, like most conferences, the event centers around scheduled lectures, the Steamboat Perinatal Conference is best known for the animated discussions among faculty and attendees that happen during and after sessions.

15 Mar

Perinatal Webinar Summary for Tomorrow

Better perinatal assessment of fetal heart rate patterns

Here’s a summary of what Emily Hamilton, MDCM will be covering during tomorrow’s free perinatal nursing training webinar designed to help clinicians improve their ability to understand FHR variation and decelerations.

  • What regulates the fetal heart rate
  • Fetal heart rate decelerations
  • Variable decelerations
  • Late decelerations
  • How they affect clinical interpretation of tracings

Perinatal Training Summary:

The clinical goal of electronic fetal monitoring is to identify fetuses with increased risk of hypoxic injury so that intervention can be executed to avoid adverse outcomes without also causing excessive number of interventions.  Understanding the mechanisms of fetal heart rate control is important because it can help us to infer the physiological state of the baby and gauge whether intervention is truly necessary.

Unlike in adult cardiology, where ECG changes are used to diagnose myocardial infarction, labor & delivery clinicians depend upon the heart rate to infer the condition of another organ, namely the fetal brain.  Although the fetal heart rate is related to fetal brain state, is is also affected by a number of other factors.

During tomorrow’s training webinar, Dr. Hamilton will provide an overview of recent perinatal research on these factors.

Registration is still open, but “seats” are filling fast

Register now by completing form below

30 Oct

Your Customized ROI Analysis

perintal leadershipMany L&D units really want to add functionality to their EFM systems.  Features like protocol compliance tools to eliminate double data entry and automated notification when tracing features match specified thresholds can save their team time and help them spend more time on care. The problem is proving the upgrade is worth it to senior management.

To help, PeriGen has developed a research-based ROI Calculator for their new tool, PeriCALM CheckList. The calculator starts with published research metrics for cesareans, induction, complications, and malpractice awards to deliver a range of what can potentially be saved . These metrics are easily customized for a particular hospital site or health system.

As part of their research presentation and demonstration of PeriCALM CheckList at this year’s Synova Perinatal Leadership Conference in Dallas (Nov. 11- 14), PeriGen is offering customized ROI Analysis.

Schedule your personal demonstration and customized ROI Analysis today by completing the form below:

Click here to read the official news release

31 Jul

How research resulted in a checklist solution

Solving the checklist challengeIn 2007, Stephen L. Clark, M.D. et al published a pioneering study defining a checklist of six EFM features to guide clinical management of oxytocin. Later, in a 2014 study, they looked at the impact of that checklist-based protocol on newborn outcome in 14,398 inductions. The use of an oxytocin checklist was associated with significant reductions in both neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admissions and primary cesarean births in this study.

It’s no wonder, then, that checklists such as this, have emerged to play a central role in obstetrical patient safety. Today labor & delivery nurses around the world spend hours completing repetitive calculations, counting contractions and accelerations, decelerations and other important statistics over miles of tracings.

PeriGen launches PeriCALM® CheckList™

PeriGen’s newest innovation simplifies the process of using EFM-based checklists by automatically counting and summarizing specific fetal heart rate patterns and other factors that are routinely tracked when administering oxytocin and displaying color-coded trends as well as a live status indicator on the toolbar.

The displays of the PeriCALM CheckList provide quick visual cues when checklist criteria are present and if they are persistent. PeriCALM CheckList criteria are customized to the preferences and practices specific to the hospital or health system.

“We know that following an oxytocin management checklist is associated with better outcomes for both baby and mother. We also know that compliance with such protocols is far from optimal. Noncompliance can be harmful and very costly for hospitals,” said Emily Hamilton, M.D.C.M., PeriGen’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Research who led the development of both PeriCALM Patterns and PeriCALM CheckList.

“PeriCALM CheckList gives continuous and consistent assessment of checklist criteria. Nurses are freed from time-consuming repetitive calculations and can quickly focus their attention on oxytocin management and direct patient care.”

For more information and to schedule a demonstration of PeriCALM CheckList, click here.

08 Jul

Supporting AWHONN Perinatal Research

PeriGen CEO Matt Sappern hands AWHONN a donation for Every Woman, Every Baby research fund

PeriGen CEO Matt Sappern happily hands Pamela Spears, AWHONN’s Director of Development a donation check in support of the Every Woman, Every Baby fund

In addition to introducing their new PeriCALM® CheckList™ solution to 231 labor & delivery professionals at this year’s AWHONN National Convention, PeriGen also supported AWHONN with a $2,500 donation to their Every Woman, Every Baby program. This fund is used to support educational and research initiatives aimed at enhancing healthier perinatal outcomes. The following labor & delivery teams added their names in support of the donation:

  • Aurora Sinai
  • Aviano Air Base in Italy
  • Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas
  • Berlin Memorial Hospital
  • Christiana Care
  • Community Memorial Hospital
  • DCH Regional Medical Center
  • Doylestown Hospital
  • Enloe Medical Center
  • Geisinger Medical Center
  • Hahnemann University Hospital
  • Henry Ford West Bloomfield
  • IASIS Healthcare Corporation
  • Integris Health
  • Johnson Regional Medical Center
  • Kona Community Hospital
  • Lawrence & Memorial Hospital
  • Lodi Memorial
  • Madigon Army Medical Center
  • Major Hospital
  • Marian Medical
  • Mary Greeley Medical Center
  • Mat-su Regional Medical Center
  • Mercy Merced – Dignity
  • Mobile Infirmary Medical Center
  • Myrtue Medical Center
  • Naval Medical Center of Portsmouth
  • Norton Women’s Childrens
  • Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Providence Tarzana
  • Rochester General Hospital
  • Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital
  • Rose Medical Center
  • Sanford Medical Center of Thief River Falls
  • Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial
  • St.. Charles Mercy Hospital
  • St. Francis Medical Center (MO)
  • St. Luke’s Health System
  • SUNY Downstate
  • Swedish American Hospital
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center
  • Universal Health Services, Inc.
  • Wakemed Health & Hospital
  • Wakemed Raleigh Campus
  • Wallace Thomson Hospital
  • Wayne Memorial Hospital (GA)
  • White Plains Hospital
  • York Hospital (PA)

Thanks all of the above for your voice of support!