Registered Nurses (RNs) and laborists in Torrance Memorial Medical Center's Labor and Delivery and Mother Baby units are now trained to provide advanced life support to high risk pregnant mothers who may develop sudden cardiac complications during the labor and delivery process. The Advanced Cardiac Life Support Obstetric focus (ACLSOB) course ensures the highest safety and care for pregnant patients who develop complications such as cardiac arrest. Torrance Memorial now requires their in-house laborists and Maternal Child nursing staff to complete the ACLSOB training.
"Not all hospitals mandate that their staff and laborists are ACLSOB trained, but it is our initiative to advance an environment of quality care," said Mary Wright, R.N.C.-OB, MSN, clinical director, Maternal/Child Services. "This training raises the bar in our commitment and ability to maximize patient safety."
ACLSOB utilizes the American Heart Association (AHA) ACLS training one step further with drills and scenarios specific to obstetrics. The 16-hour course addresses abnormal cardiac rhythms, emergency medications, demonstration of basic life support skills, evaluation, skill and decision making ability to manage cardiac complications that may occur during delivery. ACLSOB instructors (L&D RNs representing Torrance Memorial) traveled to Boise, Idaho to receive the training two years ago at St. Luke's Health System, LTD in Boise. These instructors have trained 66 nurses and physicians in 2012 at Torrance Memorial.
With the important role as first responders when patients are admitted for delivery, Torrance Memorial recently made it a mandatory requirement for its team of 22 private practicing laborists to receive ACLSOB training. A laborist is an obstetrician who stands in for a patient's personal obstetrician in case of emergency when that physician is unavailable or perhaps on their way. Laborists work 12-hour shifts to provide 24/7 on-site coverage.
The American Heart Association requires that ACLS providers renew their certification every two years.
About Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Founded in 1925 by Jared Sydney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a locally governed, 401-bed, non-profit medical center established to provide quality healthcare services, predominantly to the residents of the South Bay, Peninsula and Harbor communities. Torrance Memorial seeks to offer the most current and effective medical technologies rendered in a compassionate, caring manner. For more information please visit: www.TorranceMemorial.org.