August 14, 2012 Columbus Technical College is working with healthcare partner Columbus Regional in an effort to help alleviate a potentially life-threatening childbirth complication known as shoulder dystocia. This dangerous situation takes place when the anterior shoulder of an infant doesn’t deliver shortly after the baby’s head. If the baby is not turned correctly, it can perish from compression of the umbilical cord within the birth canal.
To help train nurses in how to handle shoulder dystocia, Columbus Tech’s lab coordinator and registered nurse Wendy Wall took her life-like mom-to-be manikin, “Noelle,” her “newborn,” and the school’s high-tech computer system to the Medical Center for a week in August.
“The great partnership between Columbus Technical College and Columbus Regional allows us to work together to provide drills such as this one to improve patient safety for the pregnant mom and provide peace of mind to their families,” Wall said. “It also allows others to see the technology that Columbus Tech has to offer its students to prepare them for the work force. This was a great learning experience for everyone involved. Feedback from the staff has all been very positive and we look forward to more opportunities of working together again.”
Tonia Russell is the maternal outreach entry and support coordinator for Columbus Regional. She says this kind of hands-on instruction is vital to the well-being of patients in the hospital system’s service area. She and Wendy worked together to train five nurses at a time on how to handle a shoulder dystocia situation.
The first rule of thumb in the nurses’ training is an acronym known as HELPERR. It stands for: call for Help, Evaluate for episiotomy, Legs in McRoberts maneuver (mom lays on her back with her legs pulled up tightly to her abdomen), external Pressure, Enter, Remove the posterior arm, and Roll the patient to her hands and knees.
“We provide high-risk neonatal services for a 21 county region,” Russell said. “Through this training with Columbus Technical College, we can provide peace of mind to thousands of parents-to-be.”
Russell says doctors who are going through their residency at Columbus Regional will also take part in this training.