Her name is Victoria and she and her baby almost died during delivery. She needed an emergency cesarean section, with no time to get to the operating room, and mom and baby coded during the procedure.
Thankfully this was a training scenario.
General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, in partnership with St. Louis Children's Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, completed a high-fidelity simulation June 14 to prepare the staff to function as a team during a high stress situation.
"I got so wrapped up in getting the baby out I missed somethings, it was a good learning day," said Army Maj. Brandy Butler, an OB-GYN at GLWACH.
Throughout the day a total of three scenarios tested everyone from emergency department medics to lab technicians. For some, this was the first exposure to a mother-baby code.
In the last scenario no doctors were available to do the delivery so the nurses on the Maternal Child Unit took charge and successfully delivered the baby.
"The nurses on the floor that did the delivery handled it in a professional manner and did not show to the patient that they were worried that the provider didn't make it in time. We as labor nurses train to do deliveries so that if the provider is tied up doing another delivery we are prepared to handle it," said Army Capt. Sandra Rodich, MCU officer in charge.
This type of training provides nurses and doctors the most up-to-date training available to keep Fort Leonard Wood mothers and babies safe during the delivery process.