ACOG Toolkit Assists Maternal Care in Non-Obstetric Settings
By Patrick McDaid

In the wake of the startling statistic that 80% of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable if treated properly, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has created an educational toolkit focused on educating physicians located in non-obstetric settings, such as emergency departments (EDs) and trauma centers, who do not regularly deal with pregnant patients. 

The three ED resource models assist with issues related to cardiovascular disease and acute hypertension in pregnancy and postpartum, as well as eclampsia. The toolkit includes drop-in slides, a newsletter, sample social media posts, and graphics with facts related to treatment. 

Many patients will be admitted to EDs seeking treatment for issues not directly related to their pregnancy but will be at higher risk of complications because of it, says Houston obstetrician-gynecologist Carla Ortique, MD, consultant to TMA’s Committee on Reproductive, Women’s and Perinatal Health.   

“The toolkit was put out to aid internal medicine, emergency medicine, and family medicine specialists who often treat pregnant patients they see during hospital visits – for doctors who may need additional resources when treating [pregnant patients] who they aren’t used to seeing,” she told Texas Medicine Today. “Many deaths could be prevented by asking the patient, ‘Are you pregnant or have you been pregnant in the last twelve months?’ Some complications extend as far as 12 months postpartum.” 

Dr. Ortique is current chair of Texas’ Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Review Committee, which has reported on missed opportunities to identify pregnancy-related emergencies in non-obstetric settings and, along with national organizations like ACOG and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that as many as 80% of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable. 

For more information about the toolkit, visit the ACOG website

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February 21, 2024

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February 21, 2024

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Patrick McDaid is a reporter for Texas Medicine Today and Texas Medicine. His prior work included local newspaper journalism in New Jersey after graduating from Temple University’s Klein College of Media and Communication in Philadelphia. A new resident to Texas after 25 years of Northeast living, Patrick is eager to explore the best coffee shops, sports game venues, and outdoor trails that Austin has to offer.

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