The Recent Media Blitz and Zofran (Ondansetron). What does the medical literature reveal?
Updated September 9, 2015
Safety of Ondansetron Use in Pregnancy a review of the available medical literature by Dr. Shaun Carstairs, MD, FACEP, FACMT. Dr. Carstairs, a board certified toxicologist and practicing Emergency Medicine physician recently presented this information during a Healthy Connections sponsored speaker program with more than 100 physicians in attendance in the Houston and Dallas areas.
Supporting High-Risk Pregnancies... at Home
Being diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy is stressful. Fortunately, you are not alone. Every year more than 800,000 women receive this news, and we help these pregnancies result in healthy, happy babies. The medical professionals at Healthy Connections Home Care Services have been caring for high-risk pregnant mothers for more than 11 years. Healthy Connections is owned and operated by highly-trained obstetric nurses whose focus is to collaborate with your OB/GYN to provide you with exceptional medical care in the comfort of your own home. We encourage you to learn more about the benefits of home care so you can turn those initial feelings of fear and uncertainty into stories with very happy endings.
What is Healthy Connections?
Healthy Connections provides quality high-risk obstetrical care delivered by specialized nurses for management of pre-term labor, hyperemesis gravidarum (excessive nausea and vomiting in pregnancy), pregnancy-induced hypertension, gestational diabetes management and compliance coaching and education. In addition to home visits, our 24/7 Call Center means that our highly trained OB/GYN nurses are only a phone call away when a patient or family member has a question or concern. Our Call Center and web-based charting system also enables us to collaborate closely with physicians in carrying out their care orders and in monitoring and managing each home care patient. Not only does care in familiar surroundings improve patient well-being, it also provides a more cost effective solution for families and healthcare providers.
How We Help
At Healthy Connections Home Care Services, we believe that home care is more advantageous than hospitalization for well-selected pregnant patients. Healthy Connections takes direction from the patient's obstetrician in providing a personal and customized level of health services delivered in the patient's home and supported through our Call Center staffed by skilled OB/GYN nurses. The patient plays an integral role in this relationship by being receptive to our educational efforts and remaining in regular contact with our Call Center staff.
Committed to Our Community
Healthy Connections has increasingly served as a catalyst for dialogue across the Texas OB/GYN community, sponsoring lectures on important clinical issues and offering a forum for prominent speakers, such as leaders of the Texas Medical Association and prominent healthcare organizations. We are honored to host such highly regarded experts in advancing conversations in the OB/GYN community that impact patient care.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum Programs
For each of the following services, our experienced Call Center nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond to the needs of our patients.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (Nausea/Vomiting in Pregnancy)
The goals of Healthy Connections’ hyperemesis program are to relieve the symptoms of nausea/vomiting as much as possible and maintain adequate hydration, which allows patients to gradually increase their oral intake and bolster their nutritional status. Healthy Connections provides patients with instruction and ongoing support to achieve these goals through skilled nursing visits with our experienced OB/GYN home care nurses who teach patients about their condition, give dietary recommendations for those who will start and maintain infusion therapy, and answer any questions that patients may have. Our Call Center then contacts patients daily in order to monitor the progress of their treatment which includes gathering information about levels of nausea and vomiting, weight, ketones, foods and beverages consumed and fetal movement. Nurses will also inventory patient’s medical supplies and provide further dietary advice as needed.