Obstetrical Emergency Hospitalists

Emergency care for expecting mothers

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 |

Did you know there is an Obstetrical Emergency Department (OBED) at Bayhealth Milford Memorial for women who need this type of specialized care?

“The Obstetrical ED, which was established on Dec. 19, 2013, serves, on average, 130 patients per month and up to 15 patients per day,” said Senior Nurse Manager of Women’s and Children’s Services Karen Kelly, MSN, RNC-OB.

Located adjacent to the Labor, Deliver, Recovery, and Postpartum (LDRP) Suites on the Women’s Services floor, the OBED is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays. It is staffed with a board-certified OB-GYN physician and an experienced OB registered nurse.

When to access the Obstetrical ED

“The Obstetrical Emergency Department is available when a woman feels she’s experiencing a gynecological or obstetrical emergency and can’t make contact with her own provider,” said OB-GYN Hospitalist Michael Meyer, DO. “It is not intended for routine care. We make referrals and help patients gain access to local providers as well.”

As Kelly also explains, in the case of labor and delivery, the patient’s primary physician would generally handle this aspect of care, but the OB-GYN hospitalists and experienced labor and delivery nurses are available if needed.

How to access the Obstetrical ED

To access the OBED, women should go to the main Emergency Department (ED) at Bayhealth Milford Memorial. Staff there will do triage and work together with the OB-GYN hospitalists to determine if the patient should be treated in the main ED or in the OBED.

“For instance, if a patient is potentially infectious with something like the flu, we wouldn’t bring her to the OBED. A patient with asthma should also stay in the more fully staffed main ED,” explained Dr. Meyer.

Benefits provided by the OBED

The Obstetrical Emergency Department was created so there would be an inpatient, board-certified OB-GYN with years of experience available to care for patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Some of the other benefits provided include:

  • A decrease in length of stay
  • A reduction in the number of patients who leave the emergency room without being seen
  • An improvement in overall patient satisfaction
  • A reduction in the wait times for inpatient admissions

“In a nutshell, the OBED helps improve patient access specialty care and boost patient safety and outcomes,” said Senior Director of Women’s and Children’s Services Ronnie Kopec, RN, MS, NE, BC. 

Visit Bayhealth's OB Hospitalist page to learn more about the OBED and OB hospitalists at Bayhealth Milford Memorial.