How does a Doctor improve a cesarean surgery, or surgical birth, for the baby and mother? How can Doctor’s reduce secondary surgeries for abdominal adhesions which may form after a c section?
Maui Healing Kits recently attended the Wombecology conference and met some very interesting Doctors, Surgeons, Nurses/Midwives and Researchers interested in improving maternal health care. Dr Michael Stark a surgeon for the WHO has helped to develop the Misgav Ladach method for a cesareans.
In the process of research for secondary complications, Dr Stark took samples of scar tissue (adhesions) from women’s abdomens. After analyzing them, he found that most adhesions contained cotton fibers from the “sponges” or cotton swabs the Dr and Nurses often use during surgery. Dr Starks suggestion is that Dr’s irrigate the abdominal area to reduce cotton fibers before closing the patient.
There has been a movement to set up a check off list to reduce objects left behind in peoples bodies after surgery but it is not mandatory, though it is common for nurses to count sponges in and out of the patient and sponges are the most common item left in a patient.
Retained surgical items are defined as being items left in a body after the person has left the operating room. A newer system of detecting sponges aside from the manual Sponge counting system and the electronic Computer Assisted Sponge Counting System, is with radio frequency technology as a detection and accounting device to aide in reducing issues. Really this must be a consistent practice throughout the OR, or the patient is exposed to more XRAYS to find hidden items, but thats better than leaving something in the body cavity.
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