PROMPT course now in Taranaki

23 August 2012


Taranaki DHB provided the Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) course in house for the first time on Wednesday 22 August.

This exciting multi-disciplinary course trains staff to manage a range of obstetric emergencies and has four key themes of effective communication, leadership, teamwork and situational awareness. It is a national training exercise but is adapted to our local maternity services.

Trainers for the day included Rosemary Darby (Taranaki Base Hospital Midwife), Dr Bill Viner (Obstetrician/Gynaecologist), Dr Emma Patrick (Anaesthetist), Kareen McLeod (TDHB Nurse Educator), and Belinda Chapman (Clinical Midwife Specialist) with assistance from Auckland DHB’s Dr Martin Sowter and Angela Keown, Midwife Educator.

Angela Keown works in both the delivery suite and for PROMPT in Auckland and says the training is invaluable for staff. “There is an amazing follow on from the staff involved in the training which is important when in an emergency situation. Taranaki staff were calm and did only good things during the drills, I have taken a lot away from the training to help improve services in Auckland”.

Taranaki DHB had 12 people attend the training including six midwives, two obstetric consultants, two anaesthetists, an Obstetric Registrar and a House Surgeon.

The participants were put through a number of scenarios that were made to be as realistic as possible. Taking place in one of Taranaki Base Hospital’s delivery suites, participants were able to react to what could be real-life emergencies and gain confidence in working effectively and quickly with their medical and midwifery colleagues in that situation.

Dr Martin Sowter said that over the last four years PROMPT has become firmly established in New Zealand, with more than two-thirds of New Zealand maternity units now running regular courses.

“The PROMPT course is about midwives and doctors training as a team to manage the acutely unwell pregnant women in their unit. For most women pregnancy and childbirth is very safe and straightforward but occasionally very serious problems such as heavy bleeding after delivery can occur. PROMPT uses patient actresses and real delivery unit equipment to make everything as real as possible. This sort of training ensures we can provide the very best care for pregnant women when they are unwell," said Dr Sowter.

Feedback from the day was positive. Midwives who work in the rural maternity units were happy to have the chance to be training with other clinical staff. One midwife said, “I really enjoyed the day and it was good to be with others such as anaesthetists and doctors".

Other comments included: “I loved this day-lets do more drills”. “Excellent realism”.

PROMPT courses will be regularly run in Taranaki between 2-3 times a year to ensure all staff are introduced to the training.

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Sue Carrington
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Ph 021 367 789

Last updated: Thursday, August 23, 2012

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