Forrest General Hospital’s Women and Children’s Services Hosts Physicians from around the State to Participate in Global Outreach-Mobile Obstetrics Medical Simulation
Forrest General Hospital’s Women and Children’s Services welcomed physicians, nurses, and providers from around the state to participate in an obstetric crisis training simulation. Representatives from 20 Mississippi hospitals attended the training sessions today at Forrest General.
“We are so excited to host this event at Forrest General and to lead the way to improving care in Mississippi. You never know when an emergency situation will happen, and you always want to be prepared. Simulations give health care providers the opportunity to practice their emergency responses as a team. The purpose of this event is to help ensure safe deliveries and safe, healthy outcomes for mothers and babies at every hospital in the state. We want safe moms and safe babies, everywhere,” Tangela Jackson, director, Women and Children’s Services, Forrest General Hospital.
The simulations were led by the Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MSPQC), which is a program of the Mississippi State Department of Health, and Global Outreach-Mobile Obstetrics Medical Simulation (GO MOMS), a simulation-based, obstetric crisis-oriented team training course. GO MOMS sent representatives from Stanford University to help lead today’s simulations. According to Charlene Collier, MD, director of the Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, blood loss, or hemorrhage, is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality nationwide. This is why the MSPQC is leading an initiative to improve the quality of care around obstetric hemorrhage.
Dr. Collier said, “We have learned from other states that when teams of hospitals and providers work together and implement some core practices across every patient and every hospital system, we can improve outcomes and save lives. So MSPQC is going all around the state working to train providers, nurses, doctors, and hospital teams on best practices for obstetric hemorrhage. We’ve invited a team from Stanford University in California called Go MOMS who are experts in simulation to help health care providers practice these worst case scenarios. This gives providers an opportunity to get some hands-on training so that when they go back to their hospitals they can implement these practices and train others.”
Forrest General is the first to host the GO MOMS team, but the MSPQC has worked with hospitals across the state using simulations and measurement, or quantification, of blood loss.
“It’s relatively new and something that many providers haven’t been trained to do and haven’t done historically. We’re now moving towards quantification of blood loss in Mississippi hospitals. We’re excited about this and hoping to see it translate to improved outcomes in Mississippi,” said Dr. Collier.
For more information about Women and Children’s Services at Forrest General Hospital, visit forrestgeneral.com.
CAPTION: Susan Farris, RN, in a training simulation with Julie Arafeh, a GO MOMS representative.
About GO MOMS:
GO MOMS was originally created by a group of practicing obstetricians from Northern California (Stanford University and Kaiser Permanente Hospital) with a desire to bring
the latest effective treatments for obstetrical emergencies from the developed world to the developing world. The workshop relied heavily on simulation training as a teaching
technique. While performing these workshops overseas the GO MOMS team began to see the astounding success of simulation for team performance.
With this in mind GO MOMS - USA was developed for training labor and delivery teams here in the USA. We are particularly interested in obstetric crisis simulation because it
allows team members to understand the needs of others in an emergency and to practice effective communication during these stressful times. Having the opportunity to
“practice” emergencies before they occur has a profound effect on team performance.
About the Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative:
The Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MSPQC) is a statewide partnership that aims to promote evidence-based quality improvement initiatives at the hospital and community level to improve birth outcomes across Mississippi. MSPQC relies on collaborative data-driven projects to address specific drivers of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. These projects are selected by participating members across the state, who work to develop, disseminate and successfully implement best practices in all clinical settings caring for mothers and infants. While working collaboratively, the MSPQC has three divisions: Neonatal, Obstetric and Family Public Health. The MSPQC was launched in November of 2014. MSPQC is funded by a grant provided through the Mississippi State Department of Health.