WESLACO, January 15, 2019 – An award-winning Women’s Services
team at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco has become one of the first in
the Rio Grande Valley -- if not the first -- to implement use of a dedicated
rapid response postpartum cart, to help improve response time for care
for patients who have bleeding after childbirth.
The specialized emergency cart includes a refrigerated drawer for storage
of life-saving medications to treat post-partum hemorrhage.
The cart also includes a storage system for specialized instruments and
supplies, so they are more readily-accessible – as the cart can
be wheeled directly to the patient’s bedside.
Use of the specialized rapid response cart is part of Knapp’s commitment
to further enhance the safety of mothers and their newborn babies. Knapp,
along with 165 other hospitals in Texas, is currently participating in
the “TexasAIM’ program, an effort to decrease maternal mortality
and other severe pregnancy complications.
Hospitals like Knapp who are participating in this new program have “committed
to adopting clinical practices proven to reduce complications that threaten
the lives of mothers and babies,” according to the Texas Department
of State Health Services.
The state-wide project includes work on improving processes of care based
on practices that have been proven to improve outcomes for patients. These
“maternity bundles” address such concerns as ways to reduce
hemorrhages (loss of blood) after childbirth, as well as ways to reduce
complications from high blood pressure during pregnancy.
Knapp Medical Center is on the forefront of efforts to improve care for
women and newborn babies. In fact, earlier this year, Knapp was one of
only a few hospitals in the Valley to be recognized for achieving all
three “Women’s Care Specialty Excellence Awards” which
are awarded by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive
information about physicians and hospitals. The three awards were for
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Labor and Delivery, and Gynecologic Surgery.
Knapp also offers free family birthing classes to help educate expectant
parents regarding the labor and delivery process, pain management options,
newborn care, breast-feeding, nutrition, and exercise. For more information,
please contact the Knapp Women’s Center at (956) 973-5350, (956)
973-5351 or (956) 969-5360, or at OEstrada@PrimeHealthCare.com; and visit
www.KnappMed.org/Services/Womens-Health-Services.aspx and www.FaceBook.com/KnappMedicalCenter/
An award-winning women’s services team at Knapp Medical Center in
Weslaco has implemented use of a dedicated rapid response post-partum
cart, to help improve emergency response for care of patients after childbirth.
Showing the specialized cart are obstetricians-gynecologists Dr. Rory
Minck, Dr. Juan Gonzalez Dickson, Dr. Mona H. Mallikarjunaiah, Dr. Annabelle
Lopez, and Dr. Ronald Blanco; Olivia Estrada, RN, Director of Women’s
Health Services for Knapp Medical Center; and Sandra Rodriguez, CNM, DNP,
Certified Nurse Midwife with the office of Dr. Annabelle Lopez. Not pictured
is Dr. Gregoris Nunez, Obstetrician-Gynecologist.
Dr. Gregoris Nunez, Obstetrician-Gynecologist