Rick Breuer had a problem. As the CEO of Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, Minnesota, Rick was keenly aware that the obstetrics practitioners at his smaller hospital weren’t able to attend to as many patients in his area as they would like. There were just too few high-risk cases to keep skills sharp, and Rick and the rest of the team wondered if they were really as prepared as they should be for what Rick termed “rare, terrifying events” like maternal hemorrhage.
Read how Rick was able to work with Blue Cross/Blue Shield to fund the purchase of a RealMom Birthing Simulator to provide simulation-based labor and delivery training for his team and then share the model with other hospitals, either to emulate or to participate in the program.
It is surprising to learn that women who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital receive bystander CPR less often than men, even though it is a proven intervention associated with improved rates of survival with good neurological recovery. According to research, women received CPR in 39% of witnessed instances of collapse whereas men received CPR in 45% of their cases. That may not sound like much, but it definitely impacts survival with men surviving at a higher rate.