OB Intake is basically the “obstetric emergency room.” If patients are over a certain point in their pregnancy (late 1st trimester, or 2nd/3rd trimester), they’re moved from the main ER to be triaged by OB Intake. After being worked up, patients are typically sent to one of three places: 1.) home, 2.) L&D or 3.) a separate room for continued monitoring.
Today, I helped work-up cases of pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), did some speculum exams, and continued to work on understanding what constitutes an obstetric emergency. My colleague and I also investigated the details of pre-eclampsia, a relatively common and potentially lethal condition during pregnancy. Watch the video below for a short summary of this important condition.
Also, so far in this rotation, I have had exactly zero English-speaking patients. I never knew that out of all the classes I took in grade school, the four years of Spanish I completed would come back to provide the greatest utility. My broken Spanish coupled with hand gestures certainly makes for an entertaining sight, but hey, it gets the job done. 🙂
Anyways, my second and final day on OB Intake begins in less than eight hours. Good night!