are c sections a norm?

Specialties Operating Room


hello, work in a 22 room BUSY o.r., but all c sections are done in the the "woman's hospital" attached to our facility. How do other hospitals work c sections. Do they have their own wing on the L&D floor or do they bring them down/up to main o.r. just curious...thanks

Specializes in OR, Nursing Professional Development.

We actually have a whole separate hospital for OB/GYN care. However, they do not have an ICU, so anyone with a history of difficult intubation, a complicated medical history, or currently have a serious medical condition have their surgery in our main facility. At the OB/GYN hospital, all sections are done in the OR, with GYN and scheduled sections in all but one of the rooms and the other room reserved for stat sections.

Specializes in Obs & gynae theatres.

We have 2 theatres at the end of the l&d ward (8 rooms) specifically for sections, trials and repairs.

There is a 'HDU' room (read glorified sideroom), but the midwives don't have a clue and keep coming to ask the ODP's for help with anything more complicated than an IV.

The 'real' ITU is the other side of the hospital and needs a paramedic ambulance for transfers. Bit too far for my liking.

Specializes in O.R., ED, M/S.

After doing C/S for almost 10 years in the OR the cases were finally moved to L&D in 1989. We taught them, coached them and finally left them alone. L&D is down the hall and we still support them for disasters, hysters, but in general they leave us alone. We appreciate that because it's their problem now not ours.

Specializes in Medsurg/ICU, Mental Health, Home Health.

The L & D ORs are in the Women's Building, which is a part of the hospital but pretty much a different world. :)

The other ORs are too far away in the event of a crash section.

Post op, if a mom needs ICU monitoring, the SICU is right next to the women's building and the NICU, so it works out well.

The only time the L & D ORs are not used is in the event of a C-section associated with a trauma. But that's a different story altogether...

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