AORN J. 2019 Aug;110(2):155-161. doi: 10.1002/aorn.12746.
Integrating Fetal Therapy Procedures in an Established Labor and Delivery Service.
Kearney J.
Treating fetal disease in utero is a specialized aspect of obstetric medicine that continues to develop as new technology and better imaging techniques are introduced. Surgical interventions may improve outcomes in fetal diseases such as fetal anemia, spina bifida, and congenital diaphragmatic hernia; however, the addition of a dedicated fetal treatment center to an established busy labor and delivery unit requires facility resources and support. Fetal medicine and labor and delivery leaders can develop a successful fetal therapy service when they partner with fetal medicine specialists, obstetric providers, anesthesia professionals, nursing staff members, and sterile processing department members. By working together, multidisciplinary team members should be able to provide excellent and cost-effective collaborative care while maintaining patient safety. This article provides an overview of key components that should assist perioperative leaders when developing a successful fetal surgery program.

AORN, Inc, 2019.

fetal therapy; maternal-fetal medicine; obstetric; sterile processing department; team collaboration

PMID: 31355434 DOI: 10.1002/aorn.12746