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Student simulation helps address maternal mortality

As the world swoons over the new, royal baby, a local reminder that having children does come with risks.

Local nursing students are learning how to help those in critical moments. Here in the United States, maternal mortality rates – mothers dying during or soon after childbirth – are up, way up by 26 % between 2000 – 2014. Less developed countries do not have those same disturbing trends.

“Our faculty came up with a nursing simulation that’s teaching students how to prepare for an obstetric hemorrhage,” said Dean of Health Science, Jennifer O’Connor.

“It gives us the chance to kind of be on our own and to experience what it is like to work as a nurse and be able to problem solve without the consequences of making the wrong decision,” stated student, Jack Hoving.

Faculty said there are many reasons why maternal mortality rates are up.

“It’s related to chronic conditions so that’s something that nurses have a really big impact on is caring for patients who have pre-existing diseases like diabetes or hyper-tension,” said O’Connor.

“Problems can be solved by early nursing intervention, so it’s really important to train future nurses like us to catch those early signs,” stated Hoving.

And most at risk? The CDC finds African American women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications.


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