The Deskovick Maternity Center at Morristown Medical Center has approximately 5,000 deliveries per year. To ensure optimal safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Women’s Health Program seeks to launch a telehealth program offering new mothers virtual, postpartum follow-up visits as a way to augment the in-person care they are receiving.
Maternity Care & COVID-19
To keep all moms and babies safe, the Deskovick Maternity Center at Morristown Medical Center had to quickly make accommodations for mothers who tested COVID-positive and those who tested COVID-negative. While dividing the Deskovic Maternity Center into two separate sections works well, the Deskvick Maternity Center team believes it’s critical to provide additional support following discharge.
The Need for a Telehealth Program
Morristown Medical Center seeks to initiate a post-partum, follow-up virtual visits which will effectively extend the hospital stay at home. The follow-up visit will be conducted by video conferencing the day after discharge, ensuring families have the knowledge and support required to safely care for themselves and their newborn.
Calls will be made by a registered nurse and arranged with the patient prior to discharge. A lactation consultation can also be added to the call, if needed. The program goal is to increase the patient’s confidence in and understanding of their own and their baby’s care plan.
To support the telehealth program, Morristown Medical Center needs to hire two part-time registered nurses to conduct approximately 100 virtual visits during the week and on weekends. The intention is to implement this program over a two-year period, after which time Morristown Medical Center will evaluate its continuation based on the status of the pandemic.
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