Cody, Wyo. (January 23, 2020) - Yellowstone Insurance Exchange, RRG is
pleased to announce Cody Regional Health earned the Jeff Martin Award
for Excellence. The award was presented to the Cody Regional Health team
at the Yellowstone Annual Meeting & Risk Management Conference held
in June at the Coeur d’Alene Resort.
This year, Cody Regional Health was recognized for implementing an Obstetric
Emergency Management plan that focused on postpartum hemorrhage. The project
focused on recognition, readiness, and response. Every patient that is
admitted is screened for risk factors that may make her a candidate for
postpartum bleeding complications.
“We have a specific plan in place with a flowsheet and pocket cards
available to the team that outlines the specific steps to implement in
the various stages of this emergency. We have a postpartum hemorrhage
kit available at every delivery that contains medications that may be
needed to control bleeding. We also have an entire postpartum hemorrhage
cart that contains lifesaving equipment,” stated Women’s Health
and Nursery Clinic Coordinator, Sonja Jackson.
CRH has a massive transfusion protocol that can rapidly bring necessary
blood products to the bedside. Both the hemorrhage cart and massive transfusion
protocol reduce the time the team is away or retrieving materials so more
time is spent with the patient without distraction. They began quantifying
blood loss instead of estimating it because it was found across the country,
as a specialty, no one was consistently accurate with estimation. The
most critical time for a woman in childbirth can be the first two hours
“Our facility practices simulation-based training and conducts interdisciplinary
postpartum hemorrhage drills twice a year. This drill includes lab, bedside
nurses, OB practitioners, and house supervisors. By having a better system
in place, simulations to provide hands-on education, and improved communication
between team members, we have continued to make improvements every year,”
stated risk manager Dawn Phillips.
“One of the number one reasons why women become sick or die during
the perinatal period is postpartum hemorrhage. The reason why postpartum
hemorrhage is number one is an OB team’s failure to recognize or
underestimate blood loss. Some patients will have a hemorrhage no matter
how much care is provided, but at CRH, we put the focus on what we could
do to improve our patient’s outcomes. As a team, we have increased
recognition when a patient might be in trouble before she gets there and
have decreased the number of postpartum hemorrhages our unit has experienced,”
states Women’s Health and Nursery Director, Natika Mitchell-Cowie.
The Jeff Martin Award for Excellence is given only to select hospitals
for exemplary performance in the area of patient safety and risk management.
The medical professionals and staff at Cody Regional Health are to be
commended for their consistent dedication to patient safety and forward-leaning
risk management efforts.
Yellowstone Insurance Exchange, RRG is a provider of leading-edge insurance
and risk management services to healthcare organizations located in Idaho,
New Mexico, Montana, and Wyoming. The company is owned by member hospitals
committed to strong patient safety efforts and the delivery of exceptional care.
For assistance with this story, please contact Ashley Trudo at Cody Regional
Health at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 578-2512.
About Cody Regional Health Cody Regional Health (CRH) is a national leading
critical care access healthcare system serving Northwest Wyoming. CRH
employs and partners with over 100 providers offering a wide variety of
compressive services including walk-in health clinics, Orthopaedic walk-in
clinic, wound care center and cardiology center. Adjacent to the hospital
campus is a 94-bed Long-Term Care Center and 16-bed chemical dependency
center. CRH offers an 8-bed hospice care house and a regional cancer center.
CRH abides by the Planetree philosophy as a model of health care. The
Planetree model strives to enhance patient comfort by personalizing, humanizing
and demystifying the health care experience. More information can be found