New York City Health and Hospitals is expanding its obstetrics simulation labs throughout the system to help reduce maternal deaths and life-threatening complications during childbirth, the health system told Crain’s.
The labs are in the process of being created. Funding for the expansion was included in the city’s $12.8 million allocation to support programming through the Health Department and Health and Hospitals that is aimed at reducing maternal mortality among women of color, the health system said. Six hospitals are being outfitted with the labs, which will use technology and full-body mannequins to replicate complications including embolisms, massive hemorrhages and seizures from high blood pressure, it said.
Health and Hospitals said its Bellevue, Elmhurst, Harlem, Kings County, Jacobi and Lincoln campuses will house the labs. The goal is to have more than 85% of labor and delivery personnel complete a range of emergency simulations on an ongoing basis, the health system said. Staff from the system’s blood bank and code teams also will participate, it said.