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):
It was a quiet Sunday morning and OBHG hospitalist and Diplomat program clinician Dr. Garrick Slate’s shift had just begun. He rounded on some postpartum patients and was discussing their care with the labor and delivery nurses.
Suddenly, a pregnant woman was brought through the doors of labor and delivery on a stretcher, writhing in pain. Almost immediately, hospital surgical techs entered the operating room and anesthesia was notified of the pending critical situation. Several calls were placed to the out-of-house anesthesia physicians and a 20-minute arrival time was provided.
At the bedside, Dr. Slate and several nurses attempted to get heart tones, but it was difficult due to the patient’s activity. When they touched her abdomen, she would push them away, saying the pain was absolutely excruciating.
One of the nurses pulled up the patient’s prenatal records and learned that the patient had a prior cesarean delivery. Given her clinical situation, pain, prior C-section, and the inability to fully examine her, Dr. Slate decided it was best to perform an emergent cesarean delivery.
“One of the surgical techs said if I wasn’t here and we weren’t able to go this fast, this probably would have been a poor outcome,” said Dr. Slate. “It shows the importance of having an obstetrician on the floor available 24 hours a day because we were able to assess this patient within literally 30 seconds to a minute of arrival to the floor and proceed with delivery, in this case, having a wonderful outcome which is the goal of everyone involved.”
Watch Dr. Slate’s video account of how he delivered life-saving care.