The PROMPT program was developed in the UK by Obstetrician Professor Tim Draycott in 2008. The program has gained an international reputation for training maternity services teams to respond to obstetrics emergencies.
PROMPT is multidisciplinary teamwork training program, based on simulation exercises. The unique aspect of the program is that clinicians who would usually respond to a maternity emergency (midwives, obstetricians and anaesthetists) participate together to improve their skills in responding to maternity emergencies. The focus is on reducing decision time to operative delivery of the deteriorating or at risk neonate.
The key objectives of the PROMPT Program are to improve perinatal outcomes by:
- improving teamwork and communication in the delivery suite, and
- improving maternity staff emergency management skills in a simulated environment.
VMIA is always exploring ways to prevent harm and improve clinical outcomes. PROMPT is one such program that VMIA is supporting to implement across the state.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, with the assistance of VMIA, hold the licence to run PROMPT within Australia and New Zealand.
VMIA initially sponsored the VicPROMPT Pilot study over two years (2010-2012).
The outcomes of this study show improvement across specific clinical domains and have been published in the article “Impact of introducing Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) into maternity units in Victoria, Australia”.