The OB ED (Obstetrical Emergency Department)

Effective in 2015, Huntington Hospital has opened up their OB ED (Obstetrical Emergency Department). This is a special area located in the Labor and Delivery Unit. ALL Ob patients, who are 20 weeks pregnant or beyond, coming to Huntington Hospital for urgent problems or emergencies are directed to the OB ED.

This includes conditions such as:

  • possible labor or preterm labor
  • possible rupture of membranes
  • vaginal bleeding or spotting
  • decreased fetal movement
  • major illness after 20 weeks of pregnancy
  • evaluation after a fall or accident
  • and more

Medical Screening Exam

The purpose of the OB ED is for you to be evaluated as soon as possible after your arrival. In order for this to consistently occur, there is an Ob/Gyn physician assigned to the OB ED 24 hours a day. His or her job is to perform a Medical Screening Exam (MSE) on every patient presenting to the OB ED, in order to determine if your condition is stable, or urgent, or rarely a life-or-death emergency.

A MSE is usually a brief exam, for the purpose of collecting enough information to determine the urgency of the situation. It is not designed to be a full and complete evaluation, which is why it is called a screening exam.

Once the MSE has been performed, your regular Ob/Gyn physician (or the physician on-call for our group) is notified of the results of this exam. That doctor then assumes all subsequent care and responsibility for you. After the OB ED physician performs their brief MSE and speaks to your physician (or on-call colleague), their role in your care has been completed.

The OB ED Ob/Gyn physician might be the on-duty Laborist, might be an assigned Ob/Gyn community physician, and may or may not be one of the doctors in our On-Call group. Their job is just to perform a medical screening exam. After that, your regular Ob/Gyn (or on-call colleague) takes over your care.