Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Red Light, Green Light

Am I dating myself by recalling the game "Red Light, Green Light" we played in the neighborhood as I was growing up? Regardless I found this article interesting:

Traffic-light system for cesareans shows benefits

Issue 15: 11 Aug 2008
Source: European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology 2008

A trial of a novel “traffic-light” color-coding system for specifying the urgency of cesarean sections has been shown to significantly shorten the time from decision to delivery.

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Maybe the color coding would be helpful to do a further study to see how many of the "green light" cesareans were not really necessary? ("The green code would be used for non-urgent cases, with an ideal decision-to-delivery interval of 60 minutes. This would include cesarean section performed due to failure to progress or due to abnormal presentation.") If you are tagged green, it would be great if the "traffic flow team" would increase the support, tools, positions to remove the "roadblock" and get labor moving or the baby to turn instead of putting you in the "parking lot" just waiting for the operating room.

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