Study showing success in reducing hospital readmissions for postpartum hypertension
ERIC — IT IS A PROBLEM THAT PUTS NEW MOMS AT RISK OF HOSPITAL READMISSION – AND IN SOME CASES — STROKE. POSTPARTUM HYPERTENSION IS SOMETHING THAT EFFECTS APPROXIMATELY TWENTY PERCENT OF MOTHERS. CHARLOTTE — BUT A NEW STUDY BEING CONDUCTED BY UW HEALTH IS SHOWING GREAT PROMISE IN CONTROLLING POSTPARTUM HYPERTENSION. IN A STORY YOU WILL ONLY SEE ON NEWS 3 – DAVE DELOZIER SHOWS US HOW TECHNOLOGY IS BEING USED TO ENSURE THE HEALTH OF WOMEN. he’s doing great. yeah, he’s perfect. SOT 1 VO TRACK PERFECT – MIGHT JUST BE THE PERFECT WORD TO DESCRIBE C.J. BUT FOR SARAH RIFFLE – A FIRST TIME MOM – PREGNANCY WASN’T WITHOUT AN ISSUE. 1 SOTW2 51 it wasn’t until the last few weeks of pregnancy where my blood pressure started to rise. 2 VO TRACK DOCTORS WERE ABLE TO CONTROL IT AND C.J. WAS BORN WITHOUT A PROBLEM. BUT IT IS WHEN MOM’S – LIKE SARAH – GO HOME THAT POSTPARTUM HYPERTENSION PUTS THEIR HEALTH AT RISK. 2 SOTW4 49 and tjhen they have a new baby and it is complicated at home, so how do we make sure that they feel comfortable, that they feel safe, that they are being monitored. 3 VO TRACK TO ANSWER THAT DR. KARA HOPPE CREATED A STUDY – THAT INCLUDES SARAH. FOR SIX WEEKS – EVERY SINGLE DAY HER VITAL SIGNS ARE MONITORED AND THE INFORMATION IS SENT VIA BLUETOOTH ENABLED EQUIPMENT TO NURSES. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS – SARAH FOUND OUT ON HER FIRST DAY HOME. 3 SOTW6 51 i checked my blood pressure and it was the highest i’ve ever seen a blood pressure and i got really scared, so i called one of my physicians on call, they helped me get started on medications right away 4 VO TRACK HAVING A DOCTOR OR NURSE JUST A VIDEO CHAT OR PHONE CALL AWAY HELPS TREAT THE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE QUICKER – AND PREVENTS HOSPITAL READMISSIONS. 4 SOTW8 50 nationwide hospital readmissions are going up postpartum and one of the number one reasons for that is hypertension. POSTPARTUM HYPERTENSION ALSO PUTS A MOM AT SIGNIFICANT RISK OF STROKE AND – IN SOME CASES DEATH. SO FAR – THE STUDY NUMBERS TELL AN IMPORTANT STORY. SOT SOT and we have over 100 patients at this point and we still have zero percent hospital readmission in the women using telehealth from home blood pressure monitoring postpartum,. SOT SOT and it was really scary, but having that person there to talk to and to manage everything for me was my lifeline. AND THAT IS THE POINT OF ALL OF THIS. BY USING TECHNOLOGY – THEY ARE ABLE TO KEEP A MOM SAFE BY MONITORING HER HEALTH WHILE AT HOME. KEEP HER THERE BY TREATING A PROBLEM BEFORE IT RESULTS IN A HOSPITAL READMISSION. AND IT KEEPS HER WHERE SHE REALLY WANTS TO BE. SOT SOT i think making a patient feel safe and that they are able to remain home with their baby and perform the care and bonding that theyu want with their baby is absolutely what motivates me. IN MADISON, THIS IS DAVE DELOZIER, WISC, NEWS 3. CHARLOTTE — THE TELEHEALTH POSTPARTUM HYPERTENSION STUDY IS FUNDED THROUGH THE END OF THIS YEAR AND DR. HOPPE HOPES TO CONTINUE IT INTO NEXT YEAR. ERIC — IT IS SHOWING GREAT SUCCESS IN PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF WOMEN AND PREVENTING HOSPITAL READMISSIONS. AND IF YOU WANT TO LOOK AT IT FROM A HEALTH CARE COSTS PERSPECTIVE – IT IS BOTH COST EFFECTIVE – AND HAS SHOWN COST SAVINGS.