Published on November 18, 2015

Genesis to Begin ACLS-OB Training for BirthCenter Labor and Delivery Nurses

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TRAINING EXERCISE - In the photo, BirthCenter RNs
Julie Grothusen (left) and Lisa Andresen train using Noelle,
a high-tech childbirth simulator. The nurses are two
of four instructors who will train BirthCenter
nurses in 2016.

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Nov. 18, 2015 -- Building upon a dedication to patient safety, the Genesis BirthCenter in Davenport aims to become the first in the Quad Cities to have all labor and delivery nurses trained to give highly specialized, advanced cardiac life support to women in labor.

Currently, all labor and delivery nurses take Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) every two years. However, this training does not address the unique anatomical and physiological changes of pregnant and postpartum patients. The obstetrics-based advanced cardiac life support education (ACLS-OB) includes modifications that ensure the safest care for mothers and babies in the event of cardiac emergencies.

Training for instructors began Oct. 27 and was provided by Teresa Stanfill, DNP, RNC-OB, of St. Luke’s Hospital of Boise, Idaho. Stanfill and her colleagues created the ACLS-OB program in 2004, and she now travels the United States to teach staff how to become ACLS-OB instructors. The four trained Genesis instructors who earned credentials to teach the remaining Genesis labor and delivery nursing staff are RNs Julie Grothusen, Lisa Andresen, Anne Herrin, and Jessica Lienen.

“During labor and delivery, we’re really caring for two patients – the mother and her unborn fetus. Research has shown the effectiveness of obstetrics-based advanced cardiac life support education to bring the best outcome for our patients,” said Kenneth Naylor, M.D., an OB/GYN and Medical Director of the Genesis BirthCenter in Davenport.

For example, modifications for pregnant women in code situations include higher hand placement on the chest, the need for uterine displacement, and special medication considerations. ACLS-OB training addresses urgent medical situations such as maternal cardiopulmonary arrest, anesthesia complications, uterine placental emergencies, and preeclampsia/eclampsia, Dr. Naylor said.

Advanced training for labor and delivery nurses

In 2016, training for Genesis labor and delivery nurses will utilize Noelle, a high-tech childbirth simulator at the Davenport BirthCenter. Noelle can be programmed to have different emergency complications to help staff practice responding to high-risk situations.

Labor and delivery nurses at Genesis will continue to take ACLS. ACLS-OB will be an additional course focusing on the obstetrics component.

“Genesis BirthCenter nurses want to be able to give the highest level of care possible for our patients. We’re committed to providing the best outcome in a maternal code situation,” concluded Julie Grothusen, RNC-OB, Genesis BirthCenter educator.

Genesis Medical Center, Davenport has twice been named the Top Ranked Community Hospital in Iowa by U.S. News & World Report. Genesis BirthCenters in Davenport and Silvis deliver the comfort of home with updated rooms; care from the area’s top providers; the Quad City region’s highest ratings for patient safety; and, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staffed by neonatologists from the nationally renowned University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

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