Two of Grace Health’s certified nurse midwives, Sonya Datta-Sandhu, CNM and Kerrie Tollerud, CNM, recently completed Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO®) training in Chicago at University of Illinois Family Practice Residency Program.
ALSO® is an evidence-based multi-disciplinary training program that prepares maternity health care providers to better manage obstetric emergencies. The training helps to bridge gaps in knowledge and boost skill sets by using a team-based approach, hands-on training, and mnemonics to reduce errors and save lives.
During the training Sonya and Kerri learned team-based approaches in managing emergency situations, including postpartum hemorrhage, shoulder dystocia, and pre-eclampsia. The ALSO training also addressed preventive care and practice concerns, such as, first-trimester complications, communication techniques to enhance team interactions and safety in patient care, helping parents cope with a birth crisis, diagnostic ultrasound, and putting evidenced-based practice to work. After completing the training, written exam and simulation, Sonya’s and Kerrie’s skills have increased and they are now better prepared to respond to obstetrical emergencies.
Participating in evidence-based programs, is one way that Grace Health providers enhance their skills and improve health care provided within our community.