A Framework for Coordination between Obstetric and Pediatric Providers in Public Health Emergencies: Lessons Learned from the Zika Outbreak in the United States, 2015 to 2017

Rebecca T. Leeb, Robyn A. Cree, Laura Aird, Roberta L. Debiasi, Rita W. Driggers, Elizabeth Garbarczyk, Lynne M. Mofenson, Scott Needle, Jeannie Rodriguez, Christine Curry, Francisco García, Shana Godfred-Cato, Debra Hawks, Elizabeth Rosenblum, Eric Dziuban, Mark Hudak

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Abstract

Emergency response to emerging threats with the potential for vertical transmission, such as the 2015 to 2017 response to Zika virus, presents unique clinical challenges that underscore the need for better communication and care coordination between obstetric and pediatric providers to promote optimal health for women and infants. Published guidelines for routine maternal-infant care during the perinatal period, and models for transitions of care in various health care settings are available, but no broad framework has addressed coordinated multidisciplinary care of the maternal-infant dyad during emergency response. We present a novel framework and strategies to improve care coordination and communication during an emergency response. The proposed framework includes (1) identification and collection of critical information to inform care, (2) key health care touchpoints for the maternal-infant dyad, and (3) primary pathways of communication and modes of transfer across touchpoints, as well as practical strategies. This framework and associated strategies can be modified to address the care coordination needs of pregnant women and their infants with possible exposure to other emerging infectious and noninfectious congenital threats that may require long-term, multidisciplinary management. Key Points Emerging congential threats present unique coordination challenges for obstetric and pediatric clinicians during emergency response. We present a framework to help coodinate care of pregnant women/infants exposed to congenital threats. The framework identifies critical information to inform care, health care touchpoints, and communication/information transfer pathways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)982-990
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of perinatology
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

Keywords

  • care coordination
  • communication
  • congenital threat
  • maternal and infant health
  • public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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