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OB Claims High? Make Sim Your Best Defense​

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Originally broadcast on March 17, 2022. The incidence of adverse events in obstetrics has been estimated to be at least 10%, with half of these being preventable. For Obstetricians and Gynecologists working in Labor and Delivery, this is a concern on multiple levels—both in terms of patient safety but also legal liability.

In this Virtual SUN, hear from Roxane Gardner, Md, DSc, about a new study that shows a direct correlation between simulation-based training and lower malpractice claims in labor and delivery—lower by near 50%. Dr. Gardner is one of the authors of the study and will be sharing tips with you on how you can use simulation to your advantage.​

Topics will include:​

  • The current alarming rate of maternal mortality and neonatal harm in North America and how that impacts lives and cost
  • Why communications and teamwork are foundational to handling labor and delivery emergencies​
  • How simulation was used in the study to transform teams to better manage low frequency, high acuity birth events​
  • How a national malpractice insurer cooperated in the study examining the performance of nearly 300 OBGYNs to ensure data accuracy and relevance​
Roxane Gardner, MD, MSHPEd, DSc​

Roxane Gardner is an Assistant Professor-Obstetrics, Gynecology at Harvard Medical School - Department of Ob/Gyn at Brigham and Women's Hospital, the Division of Adolescent Gynecology at Boston Children’s Hospital; and Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is Senior Director -Clinical Programs; Director - Simulation Fellowship and International Scholars Program, and Co-Director - L&D Program at Center for Medical Simulation. She served as Associate Medical Director-Obstetrics for Patient Safety at the Controlled Risk Insurance Company (CRICO) of Harvard-affiliated institutions, facilitating a wide range of obstetrical patient safety programs over ten years. Her research involves patient safety, simulation education and impact, and healthcare team performance.