Kittitas Valley Healthcare has partnered with the Shoemaker Foundation to implement the Blue Band Initiative in Kittitas County; a project that aims to improve awareness, recognition, and management of preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a multi-system progressive disorder that can occur any time during pregnancy and up to six weeks after delivery. It is characterized by hypertension and evidence of organ injury. As many as one in twelve pregnancies is affected by preeclampsia.
The Blue Band Initiative provides patient education and home blood pressure devices so mothers experiencing hypertension can closely monitor their health. Home monitoring and early recognition of symptoms may mean the difference between life and death for women with preeclampsia. Mothers are encouraged to wear a special “blue band” bracelet to quickly alert first responders and healthcare providers that she is at risk for preeclampsia, limiting delays in diagnosis and treatment. Thirteen separate healthcare organizations in Kittitas County are participating in the Blue Band Initiative.
The Blue Band Initiative fosters a shared model of care between the patient and her healthcare team promoting both quality patient care and patient self-advocacy. Kittitas Valley Healthcare Obstetric provider, Dr. Holly Dawson said “Patients have given great feedback about the program stating that it is helpful for them to be proactive about their health. They feel empowered to understand what is going on with their bodies and when to seek care.”
KVH would like to formally thank The Shoemaker Foundation for their support of this important initiative.
The Foundation at KVH was established in 1986 to support the mission of Kittitas Valley Healthcare. It consists of a 19-member volunteer board, dedicated to improving the services offered throughout the healthcare system. Since its inception, through the generosity of our community, The Foundation has donated over $2 million to the organization.