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Musoka hospitals out to improve obstetrics by working with midwives MORE closely

MUSKOKA – For nervous moms, parents and families-to-be who thought having a baby in Muskoka was sometimes best left to the hospital in Orillia, there’s good news.

And it includes

Dr. Sandi Adamson, left, Lori Steele, midwife; Dr. Tina Kappos; Shelly McMurray, RN; Dr. Bill Hemens and Mary Boyer, manager of inpatient services help introduce new MORE training program Missing from photo is Anne Handley, RN.

Dr. Sandi Adamson, left, Lori Steele, midwife; Dr. Tina Kappos; Shelly McMurray, RN; Dr. Bill Hemens and Mary Boyer, manager of inpatient services help introduce new MORE training program Missing from photo is Anne Handley, RN.

midwives, too.

Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare has joined the MOREOB (Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently) program to support efforts to provide best practice obstetrical care.

As part of their ongoing commitment to deliver safe, high-quality care, the obstetrical units at the Bracebridge and Huntsville hospitals are participating in a “professional development program that will enhance patient safety, quality improvement, and collaboration in our obstetrical practice,” officials at MAHC say in a news release Friday.

MOREOB is a three-year professional development and performance improvement program that addresses risk and patient safety issues in birthing units. The program integrates evidence-based practice standards and guidelines and aims to create a consistent level of care amongst all obstetrical care team members including physicians, midwives and nursing through standardized procedures and care pathways.

“The MOREOB journey is focused on improving outcomes and decreasing risks for moms and babies to improve the patient and family experience in pre-natal, labour and delivery, and post-natal care,” says Bev McFarlane, chief quality and nurse executive at MAHC. “Our goal is to further develop our obstetrical teams with shared knowledge and skills and behaviours that will contribute to safe, effective, family-centered care and an efficient, healthy and safe practice environment.”

Natalie Bubela, MAHC’s CEO, says that by integrating evidence-based professional practice standards and patient safety principles and tools, we can develop a sustainable culture of patient safety and show our commitment to continuous improvement in obstetrical patient safety.

“I am especially proud of the dedication and commitment already shown by our core teams, which include family physicians and midwives who care for obstetrical patients, nurses who work in the unit, and hospital administration,” says Bubela. “They are all keen to participate in this program that has been designed to improve clinical outcomes, decrease the risk of adverse events and to improve the quality of work life. They will be able to share knowledge and provide mentorship to other obstetrical providers as ambassadors for the MOREOB program.”

The program works through web-based training, consisting of three modules where providers are studying theory, rehearsing scenarios through skills drills, and practicing the physical handling of different equipment, for example.

Left, Malcolm Eade from MOREOB; Dr. Sheena Branigan; Katie Zammit, RN; Alicia Taylor, RN; Dianne Smith, midwife; Kristen Bell, RN; and Robert Alldred-Hughes, chief executive human resources and support services welcome program.

Left, Malcolm Eade from MOREOB; Dr. Sheena Branigan; Katie Zammit, RN; Alicia Taylor, RN; Dianne Smith, midwife; Kristen Bell, RN; and Robert Alldred-Hughes, chief executive human resources and support services welcome program.

“The program essentially standardizes communication for obstetrical care so that all obstetrical care providers are speaking the same language, so during deliveries or when looking after moms-to-be, the doctors and nurses and anybody else helping has the same understanding as to what’s going on, what to expect and how to anticipate and avoid complications,” says Dr. Tina Kappos, chair of the hospitals’ obstetrics committee in the release.

“It breaks down any professional barriers that may exist and puts all health care providers on the same level so each of us, whether a doctor, nurse or midwife, is learning the same skills together.”

Dianne Smith, a local midwife, says the program is also valuable for midwives.

“Midwives value the MOREOB program because it provides the most current, evidence-based recommendations for practice, and it recognizes that teamwork and communication are the most essential elements in the provision of effective obstetrical care,” says Smith.

Nurses in the program are looking forward to developing shared knowledge.

“Our multidisciplinary team aims to be more cohesive and enable family-centered model of practice that puts patient safety at the forefront,” adds Kristen Bell, a registered nurse. “Ensuring evidence-based practices are utilized from the first visit through to discharge, we aim to provide an excellent experience for the entire family.”

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