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OBJECTIVE: Since the 1990’s, simulation has been used to maintain task-oriented and behavioral skills in obstetrics and gynecology. Data on its effectiveness is still limited. The purpose of this study is to describe our experience in implementing simulation exercises at a large, private hospital. STUDY DESIGN: After reviewing the malpractice claims and maternal mortality impact of shoulder dystocia and postpartum hemorrhage, and the potential for a positive impact on patient safety through simulation training, shoulder dystocia and postpartum hemorrhage were selected as the initial focus of a new simulation training program for attending obstetrical physicians at a large, private, urban hospital. Upon obtaining approval from the institution, the Simulation Working Group developed an obstetrical simulation program emphasizing the management of shoulder dystocia and postpartum hemorrhage. Physicians who participate in deliveries at the institution were required to review a web-based educational program prior to the simulation exercise. Pre and post test questions were developed to assess the effectiveness of the information provided. The data was analyzed using Chi-Square testing with a p-value of


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Copyright © Cornelia R. Graves, Geoffrey H. Smallwood, Phillip L. Bressman, Douglas H. Brown, John E. VanHooydonk, Stephen M. Staggs, Henry Clay Newsome, Tristan A. Casteel, Jessica C. Wells, 2012.

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