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KDMC unveils faster delivery triage

KDMC unveils faster delivery triage

A newly expanded labor and delivery triage area will allow pregnant women to receive faster and more private care when it opens this fall at Kaweah Delta Medical Center.

The expanded labor and delivery triage area, which has grown from four to seven beds, was unveiled yesterday, Aug. 20. The area is where women, who are past 20 weeks gestation, receive treatment for a variety of health concerns related to pregnancy – signs of pre-term labor, mild cramping, pain, etc.

“This new area will definitely be a more comfortable and more private area for our patients during their examinations,” said Regina Sawyer, Director of Maternal Child Health at Kaweah Delta.

In the new area, patient beds are separated by walls, rather than curtains, Sawyer said. Additionally, when the new area opens, women will continue to be seen by a nurse, but they will also be seen by an obstetrician who will be in-house 24 hours, seven days a week, Sawyer said.

“Having an obstetrician on site will definitely help women be seen faster,” Sawyer said.

This service cares for more than 9,000 patients a year. Each year, approximately 4,250 babies are delivered at Kaweah Delta Medical Center. This year, the 581-bed Kaweah Delta Health Care District is celebrating its 50thanniversary. It’s the only level III trauma center serving Tulare and Kings counties and offers comprehensive services including a well-respected pediatric hospitalist program, a nationally-recognized orthopedic program, cancer programs and more. Visit www.kaweahdelta.org.

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