Every day, OBHG clinicians deliver life-saving care. Their around-the-clock presence ensures that all obstetrical patients receive immediate, unbiased care. Here’s just one example of an OBHG clinician delivering life-saving care. (Read the summary below and watch the video for an account of the full story):
Dr. Mark Beaird was working during a busy shift when shortly after midnight a nurse urgently called him into a patient’s room. The patient had been admitted at term and was induced for hypertension in pregnancy. Her doctor was at home.
The patient’s husband had alerted the nurse that his wife was bleeding and had severe back pain. Dr. Beaird called for an ultrasound while he gathered the patient’s history.
Dr. Beaird ruled out placenta previa and suspected a placental abruption, a serious condition in which the placenta prematurely separates from wall of the uterus (if this happens, the baby might not get enough oxygen and nutrients in the womb and the mother may also have pain and serious bleeding.)
The heart tracing suddenly changed from normal to showing decelerations to showing a prolonged deceleration. Dr. Beaird quickly began planning for an emergency C-section due to the patient’s active hemorrhaging and possible placental abruption.
Watch Dr. Beaird’s story to learn more about the emergency placental abruption case.
“I enjoy working as an OB/GYN hospitalist as it allows me to be totally focused on caring for patients in the hospital. As an OB/GYN hospitalist, I have several roles. First, and most importantly, I can provide a layer of safety to all our patients and labor and delivery by being immediately available for emergencies like the one I shared.
Another important role I provide is to serve the OB/GYNs at our hospital. I know what it’s like to be in full-time practice and having to balance caring for laboring patients in the hospital, in some cases, multiple hospitals, maintaining a busy office schedule, doing elective surgery, and being available for families as an OB/GYN hospitalist.
I’m able to assist the community OB/GYNs and care for their patients in the hospital by evaluating their patients when they come in for OB triage, assisting in the management of their labor, providing coverage when needed, and responding to emergencies like the one I shared, this provides support to the OB/GYNs that we serve in our hospital providing them some personal margin and margin for practices in their family.”