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Assessing Preparedness of Labor & Delivery Personnel in Transitioning to a New Facility
Purpose: To determine the most effective modalities and length
of preparation required to adequately prepare obstetrical personnel
transitioning to a new facility.
Background: Summa Health Akron City Hospital is a community-based
facility in NE Ohio which opened a new 343,000 square foot and seven story
tower to re-locate its women’s services, including 17 labor and delivery rooms,
10 perinatal rooms, 36 postpartum rooms and a 22-bed NICU. There is a paucity
of data assessing the preparedness of staff in transitioning to a new facility
especially in a high-acuity unit like L&D.
Methods: Using an online survey, self-reported feedback was
collected from personnel on ability to perform tasks on their current unit
prior to the transition. A second online survey was collected following the
transition evaluating methods used for preparation, amount of time spent using
those methods and their effectiveness. Self efficacy in patient care scenarios
Results: 73 personnel completed the pre-transition survey; 56 completed
the post-transition survey. Overall confidence in ability to perform patient
care tasks and navigate their unit decreased post-transition.
Discussions: As expected, overall confidence decreased following
transition to a new facility. Many reported concerns about their ability to
find supplies, respond to patient care emergencies, and navigate the new
facility. Simulation was found to be the most effective modality for
preparation suggesting that this could be implemented as part of any transition
to a new facility.
CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2020, Resident, Faculty, Osteopathic Faculty, Patient Care, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, GME, Assessment, Simulation, Quality & Safety, General Ob-Gyn,