Fredericksburg, VA (PRWEB) July 30, 2012
When practicing medicine of any kind it's important that physicians interact and communicate with other members of their healthcare team. The physicians at Women’s Health and Surgery Center OB/GYN, believe is this true all the time, but especially when dealing with their high risk obstetric population.
This past month their team of physicians, nurses and the practice’s OB coordinator met to discuss those patients that have been identified as high risk. They may have problems with gestational diabetes, hypertension, or have a poor obstetrical history. “Managing these patients as a team is critically important to the overall wellbeing of these soon to be mom’s”, says Dr. Alysha Kirkwood, who is one of 5 OB/GYN’s at Women’s Health and Surgery Center. In fact some core areas that are discussed regularly include Diabetes and its impact on pregnancy.
Obstetrics is a vastly unpredictable specialty and while the majority of pregnancies have a happy outcome, being able to see a problem around the corner can be critically helpful. This is where communication and dialogue are essential. The ability to pool the combined resources of all the clinicians that are caring for the patients will ultimately benefit that women’s pregnancy.
Studies have shown that communication between medical teams is one of most critical points in the patient care continuum. “It makes practicing medicine a little bit easier but more seamless from a physicians perspective” notes Dr. Shelly James OB/GYN at Women's Health and Surgery Center.
For women considering which practice to be cared for during their pregnancy and beyond, the first step would be to look at the team of doctors and how they communicate. Sadly most practices with more than one provider do little if any communicating and this is where problems start to occur. “No one seemed to know anything about my condition”, is a common complaint we have heard from patients who transferred to our practice, Said Dr. Lia Shorter OB/GYN and Medical Director for Women’s Health and Surgery Center.
In an age where everything is at a touch of button, it’s nice that a group of OB/GYN’s is taking the time to meet over coffee in the early morning and discuss those patients that need their attention the most.