The article, “Groans are fake, but lessons are real” (8/13, A-1) draws attention to the importance of structured training for maternity care providers. However, the article’s subtitle falsely proclaims “KU Hospital is the first in the nation to use a training course for delivery emergencies.”
The American Academy of Family Physicians, with its national headquarters in Leawood, has been administering the award-winning Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics program for the past 15 years. Many hospitals throughout the country have mandated the ALSO course for all maternity care providers on staff. In fact, all U.S. naval hospitals require the ALSO course for each of their maternity care providers.
Like PROMPT, ALSO utilizes hands-on training with simulation mannequins to teach medical management of all the major causes of maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Yet it is ALSO that is the largest training program for emergencies during childbirth.
In the United States, more than 55,000 maternity care providers have successfully completed the course. Additionally, ALSO has been offered in 47 countries (including the U.K.) and has trained 25,000 more health-care professionals worldwide.
Douglas E. Henley, M.D.
Executive vice president, American Academy of Family Physicians