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OB Challenges Create Hospital Opportunities in 2008
Date:3/31/2008

Industry Consulting Firm Highlights Key Issues and Offers Suggestions on

Improvements for Hospital Administrators

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- For expectant parents, choosing the right hospital for the delivery of a baby is a significant decision. But there are many things that go on behind the scenes in obstetric departments around the country that must function properly in order to ensure a positive patient experience and a healthy newborn. Through its work in hospitals and health facilities nationwide, management consulting firm, Tefen, has identified a "Top 10" list of issues poised to impact the obstetrics space this year.

"In 2006, there were over 4.2 million births in the U.S.*, and by the end of 2008, the national cesarean birth rate is expected to approach 35% and to nearly 50% in some places," explains Barry Calogero, president of Tefen USA. "Changes are happening to how women are giving birth, and hospitals must adapt to these shifts. What happens in the OB departments can ultimately impact a facility's cost, quality and access. Administrators need to focus their attention on these trouble spots and devise tangible, sustainable solutions."
Tefen highlights the following OB areas requiring attention:

1. Procedure scheduling: Although more patients arrive in a scheduled

fashion, the way in which C-sections and inductions are scheduled

cause artificial 'peaks and valleys' -- both in the time-of-day and

day-of-week. The hospital then faces patient boarding in labor and

delivery units, staffing issues and overcrowded mother and baby

units.

2. Active discharge management: Many OB programs are lacking clear

visibility on which patients are ready for discharge. Procedures,

such as circumcision, newborn hearing and other tests and tasks, such

as issuing a birth certificate often contribute to the delay i
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