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UW SPH News: Reducing Maternal Deaths through Realistic Trainings

Reducing Maternal Deaths through Realistic Trainings


Dylis Walker, associate professor of global health, is leading an effort to reduce maternal mortality in Guatemala, Mexico and Kenya.

As executive director of the nonprofit PRONTO International, Walker, an obstetrician, and colleagues have been training doctors and nurses how to deal with emergency room deliveries. Using low-tech but realistic simulations, they script scenes where participan­ts can experience the "real panic" of an emergency situation. Mock patients wear a device called PRONTOPants that mimic maternal bleeding.

You can see how it all works in a short video produced by UWTV. (PRONTO is a Spanish acronym for emergency obstetric and neonatal training.)