Exercise, Imaging and Escalation of Care – Simple Practice Changing Knowledge
Exercise, Imaging and Escalation of Care are three of my favourite topics because they continue to represent areas where all caregivers can contribute to improved care, outcomes and peace of mind in obstetrics.
Canada is quickly taking a lead in the thoughtful approach to exercise through all stages of pregnancy. Yet exercise, with its myriad of benefits, is not yet a consistent part of pregnancy planning or management. There is new evidence, new guidelines and new tools are being developed to help us improve physical activity in pregnancy.
Concerns about imaging safety within obstetrics and has created unnecessary fear among our patients. Together, with same well established facts, we can uncross messages and give our patients peace of mind.
Finally, smooth escalation of care is the trophy for all obstetric caregivers. Whether through simulation, Obstetric Warning Systems, empowering caregivers to share their clinical insight, or through beautiful communication… escalation of care is always worthy of discussion and thought.
1. List 5 evidence-based benefits that exercise has on obstetric outcomes.
2. Make clear statements that will bring unwell patients peace of mind regarding emergent imaging in pregnancy
3. Access key resources for planning the escalation of care of labouring patients.
Jayson Potts, MEng, PEng, MD, FRCPC, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada