Emergency C-section care at the touch of a button

Group of staff in maternity unit room
Midwife Rebecca Park, Clinical Nurse Specialist Elaine Kottler, Maternity Unit Manager Alicia Pearce, Senior Project Officer Emily Nolan and Resident Medical Officer Dr Emma Higgisson
November 2, 2017

Expectant mums requiring an emergency C-section at Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) will now go into theatre even faster thanks to a new button-activated response system.

At the touch of a button, an alert will be sent to all required staff and an alarm will sound throughout the Labour and Maternity Unit.

In addition, there is now a designated preparation bay for emergency C-section mothers before they go into Theatre with all required equipment at staff’s fingertips.

Resident Medical Officer Dr Emma Higgisson led the Rapid Access for Patient’s Imminent Delivery (RAPID) project which took a close look at the emergency C-section pathway.

“Our aim was to improve interdisciplinary communication, to set out clear roles and responsibilities and create a streamlined process guaranteeing safe and high quality care,” Dr Higgisson said.

“I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to do this project, which will provide significant benefits to mother’s in need of an emergency C-section.”