PRONTO International, in partnership with LIFT Simulation Lab and ImPACTS (Improving Pediatric Acute Care through Simulation), is honored to be named an awardee in a Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s Maternal Health QuickFire Challenge. This collaborative effort by PRONTO, LIFT Simulation Lab, and imPACTS will focus on reducing maternal mortality by improving care for women and babies in some of the 1085 American counties with no Ob/Gyns, nurse-midwives, or hospital maternity wards, also known as maternity deserts. PRONTO, LIFT Simulation Lab, and ImPACTS’s innovative approach will target Critical Access Hospitals in these maternity deserts by training emergency teams, including emergency department physicians and nurses, EMTs, and paramedics, to manage pregnancy-related complications.
With an alarming number of rural maternity wards closing, emergency department providers and EMS workers in these settings are increasingly tasked with managing obstetric and neonatal emergencies despite limited training and confidence to provide such care. In response, PRONTO, LIFT Simulation Lab, and ImPACTS will aim to build, pilot, and study a simulation and team-training program targeting emergency teams in Critical Access Hospitals to identify and treat obstetric complications promptly, all while providing equitable care to patients of color. PRONTO STAT™ is an interprofessional simulation training that offers a sustainable solution to combat the impact of maternity deserts and implicit bias on rural women’s health. In a time where rural hospitals have limited funds for training, PRONTO STAT™ offers a low-cost solution that is delivered in-situ and can be implemented safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. As maternity wards continue to disappear from rural America, PRONTO STAT™ will aim to equip emergency teams with the practice and confidence to identify and manage obstetric emergencies in their communities.
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