Hospitals and their doctors request consultants for a variety of reasons, but OBGYN hospitalist related consultations are usually more specific.
Most requests originate from a hospital that is experiencing a series of bad outcomes in labor and delivery, which has led to malpractice events, or because local ob gyn doctors are stressed out and are looking for relief.
Sometimes these obgyn doctors learn of OBGYN hospitalist solutions while they are attending continuing medical education conferences.
The main reason either hospitals, a hospitalist company, an OB hospitalist group, or local obgyn physicians start an OBGYN hospitalist program is because it makes it safer for women in labor.
However, it also has the benefit of improving the work life balance for the private OBGYN’s as well as family practitioners and midwives who do deliveries.
Imagine being on call but yet able to sign out your responsibilities for a few hours in order to attend your child’s birthday party. This is just one example where obgyn hospitalists come into the scene.
Patients benefit because there is an experienced board-certified OBGYN physically present in the hospital to respond to an emergency and be available while their private practitioner is on the way into the hospital.
Patients are seen more rapidly for evaluation and studies show that the hospital experiences a reduced cesarean section rate.
In many hospitals, the OBGYN hospitalist also sees gynecologic emergencies in the main ED with the same rapid evaluation.
So although the reasons can vary for a doctor or hospital to request a consultation with a hospitalist about designing or enhancing a hospitalist program, it usually boils down to better patient safety and overall improvements for physicians and nurses and midwives.
If you have any questions or need to request Dr Olson for a consultation please contact Rob.