Our mission at the University of Kansas Medical Center is to provide excellence in the areas of academia, research and patient care for the health care of women at all stages of their lives.
The Center for Pelvic Pain & Sexual Health is dedicated to providing interdisciplinary care of the whole person-a comprehensive approach to pelvic and sexual health focused on each client's unique situation. We are extremely proud to announce that as of April 2014, Dr. Kevin Ault has joined our tean of dedicated experts at the Center for Pelvic Pain and Sexual Health!
Dr. Ault is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and of the Infectious Disease Society of America. He is one of the few physicians in the United States to hold both of these honors. He is interested in clinical research involving infectious diseases and women's health. His most recent research projects included HPV vaccine development and detection in pap smears. We are privileged to have him join our team of experts!
Congratulations to Dr. Carl P. Weiner for his presentation "5-year experience with PROMPT reveals sustained and progressive improvements in obstetric outcomes at a US hospital."
Dr. Weiner continues to lead the way in education, research and improved outcomes for mother and baby. We are proud to have him lead our team of dedicated professionals.
PROMPT (PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training), is a multi-professional training package aimed at reducing preventable harm to mothers and their babies. This training consists of interactive drills and workshops that provide "hands-on" experience for practical skills and decision making in simulated obstetric emergencies.
A consortium of obstetrics and gynecology physicians representing Peking University and Hebei Medical University in China visited the University of Kansas Medical Center in late April. The delegation, hosted by the Clinical and Research Divisions of the KU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, visited the KU Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training Program (PROMPT) training site and hope to establish future research and clinical program collaboration between University of Kansas Medical Center and their home institutions.
In addition, Dr. Lihui Wei, the Vice President of the Chinese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and professor at Peking University People's Hospital, is working with Dr. Carl Weiner to establish the PROMPT program in China.
Patience in the Delivery Room - New Recommended Guidelines Aim to Avoid Cesareans
Amid growing concerns that cesareans are overused, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) jointly published recommendations targeted at preventing women from having cesareans with their first birth and at decreasing the national cesarean rate.
According to the recommendations, Aaron B. Caughey, MD, a member of the College's Committee on Obstetrics Practice who helped develop the new recommendations said, "Most women who have had a cesarean with their first baby end up having repeat cesarean deliveries for subsequent babies, and this is what we're trying to avoid."
ACOG's analysis found that one of the main reasons for a first-time C-section is due to labor that's progressing too slowly. The recommendations state that because labor progresses slower than originally thought, allowing most women with low-risk pregnancies to spend time in the first stage of labor may avoid unnecessary cesareans.
According to Vincenzo Berghella, MD, SMFM President, cesarean deliveries can be lifesaving for both mother and/or baby, but for most pregnancies that are low-risk, cesarean deliveries may pose a greater risk than vaginal delivery, especially risks related to future pregnancies.
Having incorporated most of the guidelines years ago, KU is leading the way by having reduced their cesarean rate from 31.8% to 21.6% in just 6 years.
To read the news release published by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, please click here.
The Washington Post recently published an article on the Food and Drug Administration's decision to approve a DNA test as the first-choice option over the traditional Pap test, when screening for cervical cancer.
This decision has some women's groups concerned; however, others such as Dr. Kevin Ault, Professor and Division Head of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas Medical Center view the change as positive. Dr. Kevin Ault, one of the developers of the HPV vaccine is quoted in The Washington Post as supporting the decision. He trusts that using the HPV test as the first-choice option will detect anyone who has a precancerous change or cervical cancer.
To read more click here.