|April 2009 · Vol. 21, No. 04
Best practices for call—to make for a sustainable career
Extended duty can be onerous. Recommendations from 2 OBs who surveyed their peers can vastly improve the experience.
When the duration of call is shortened, the number of patient handoffs increases—and so does the potential for incomplete transfer of information
A call volume of approximately 2,400 deliveries a year may justify development of 24-hour in-house obstetric coverage
Dr. Schauberger is Chief Medical Officer of St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Dr. Gribble is Medical Director of Health Information Management in Marshfield, Wisc.
The authors report no financial relationships relevant to this article.
Call is a fact of life for most obstetricians; there’s no alternative to having obstetric care available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although we recognize call as part of the job we’ve accepted, many of us have a love–hate relationship with the call schedule.