Medical professionals take part in C-section mobile simulation l - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Medical professionals take part in C-section mobile simulation labs

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The number of C-sections doctors are performing on pregnant women is on the rise across the country and right here in South Carolina. On Thursday, local doctors and nurses at Grand Strand Medical Center are getting a hands on lesson on how to minimize the growing number of procedures.

Professionals from Palmetto Health in Columbia are on site with a mobile simulation lab to provide very realistic training. This lab is the first of its kind in the state of South Carolina, and Myrtle Beach is its second stop on it tour across the state. Doctors and nurses will get specialized training until 5:30 p.m. Thursday on how to better handle emergency C-sections and promote vaginal births.

C-sections come with risks since they are major surgery. A mother can have blood clots or infections as a result. Doctors say choosing to have a C-section should never be taken lightly.

"We're trying to increase the number of vaginal births that we allow to parents. And decrease the potential harm, the potential poor outcomes that can happen with C-sections," says Dr. Sally Deskins, Grand Strand Medical Director of Obstetrics.

There's a national push right now to try and minimize the number of C-section births. The national rate stands at about 30 percent. But in South Carolina, nearly 35 percent of births in 2013 were C-sections, according to DHEC. So doctors at Grand Strand tell WMBF that Thursday's training is to help reduce the number of unnecessary C-sections.

One reason why doctors at Grand Strand Medical Center believe C-sections are on the rise is because of new requirements creating a lot of pressure to deliver a healthy baby. Also, doctors say babies in the U.S. tend to be larger, which sometimes makes vaginal births difficult. And once you've had a C-section, many hospitals don't allow you to have a vaginal birth after that. Grand Strand Medical will allow it, as long as the expecting mother does not have any pre-existing risk factors.

A mother preparing to give birth has so much to think and worry about, and doctors here at Grand Strand want to make sure they're providing the best care and advice so she is in control of her birth. Right now, our local doctors are pushing to give women the freedom to choose a vaginal birth before opting for a C-section.

"Throughout the pregnancy process, we're discussing what affects her success rate for having a vaginal birth,” says Dr. Tracey Golden, Grand Strand Medical Center. “So that conversation is initiated right at the beginning of pregnancy. And then ongoing based on the variables that can increase her risk factors for C-section."

Inside the mobile simulation lab there are many different emergency situations they can simulate to help train medical professionals. Doctors tell WMBF News that this training is so important because it's building on programs they already have at Grand Strand. And it's all in an effort to maximize the hospital's care for both mom and baby.

"In any high risk industry, like the airplane industry or nuclear power plants, it's been well established through evidence-based practices that practicing these drills for emergency situations will strengthen the team and help people be more comfortable with what their responsibilities are in any emergency scenario,” says Golden.

The simulation training last about 90 minutes for each session. The training will continue until 5:30 p.m. Thursday and then the mobile lab will travel back to Columbia.

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Fifth and final suspect wanted in deadly shooting captured in Columbia

    Fifth and final suspect wanted in deadly shooting captured in Columbia

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:22 PM EDT2018-07-17 16:22:51 GMT
    Douglas Singleton (Source: GCDC)Douglas Singleton (Source: GCDC)

    All five suspects wanted in connection to a deadly shooting last week in the 2100 block of High Market Street are in custody, according to information from the Georgetown Police Department.

    More >>

    All five suspects wanted in connection to a deadly shooting last week in the 2100 block of High Market Street are in custody, according to information from the Georgetown Police Department.

    More >>
  • Suspect in custody after Marion County manhunt

    Suspect in custody after Marion County manhunt

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:06 PM EDT2018-07-17 16:06:39 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Police say a suspect is in custody Tuesday after a brief manhunt through the Zion community in Marion County. Mullins Police Chief Michael Bethea says the suspect was wanted for operation of a stolen vehicle. Authorities responded to the call around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning according to Bethea. Mullins PD was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Department. WMBF will continue this incident as more information becomes available.  Cop...More >>
    MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Police say a suspect is in custody Tuesday after a brief manhunt through the Zion community in Marion County. Mullins Police Chief Michael Bethea says the suspect was wanted for operation of a stolen vehicle. Authorities responded to the call around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning according to Bethea. Mullins PD was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Department. WMBF will continue this incident as more information becomes available.  Cop...More >>
  • Riordan appointed chair of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

    Riordan appointed chair of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:10 AM EDT2018-07-17 15:10:01 GMT
    Source: Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism AllianceSource: Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Karen Riordan is the new President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC). The announcement was made during a press conference Tuesday. Riordan comes to Myrtle Beach by way of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, where she served as President and CEO for four years. According to her biography, Riordan has led marketing programs for brands in tourism, including The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Royal Car...

    More >>

    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Karen Riordan is the new President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC). The announcement was made during a press conference Tuesday. Riordan comes to Myrtle Beach by way of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, where she served as President and CEO for four years. According to her biography, Riordan has led marketing programs for brands in tourism, including The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Royal Car...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly