Title

Identification and Education of High Risk Postpartum Depression Patients

Presenter Information

Abigail HammittFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Currently, postpartum depression is one of the leading causes of complication in pregnancy in the United States (US Preventative Services Task Force, 2019). This paper discusses the new standards the US Preventive Services Task Force has recommended for hospitals to not only screen for postpartum depression, but also to aide in prevention by implementing therapy and counseling for high risk patients prior to a diagnosis of postpartum depression in the effort to reduce the number of diagnoses. The paper also includes a review of literature examining high risk populations, proper screening methods, and ideas for interventions in postpartum depression patients. Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield, Kentucky currently does not have any standing policy about postpartum depression. This paper formulates a proper policy that can be implemented immediately after one in-service that will educate staff. The policy includes screening all postpartum patient’s prior to discharge with the Edinburg Postnatal Depression Scale and to refer high scoring patient’s to further evaluation and education. This will help to properly identify and education high risk postpartum depression patients.

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Identification and Education of High Risk Postpartum Depression Patients

Currently, postpartum depression is one of the leading causes of complication in pregnancy in the United States (US Preventative Services Task Force, 2019). This paper discusses the new standards the US Preventive Services Task Force has recommended for hospitals to not only screen for postpartum depression, but also to aide in prevention by implementing therapy and counseling for high risk patients prior to a diagnosis of postpartum depression in the effort to reduce the number of diagnoses. The paper also includes a review of literature examining high risk populations, proper screening methods, and ideas for interventions in postpartum depression patients. Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield, Kentucky currently does not have any standing policy about postpartum depression. This paper formulates a proper policy that can be implemented immediately after one in-service that will educate staff. The policy includes screening all postpartum patient’s prior to discharge with the Edinburg Postnatal Depression Scale and to refer high scoring patient’s to further evaluation and education. This will help to properly identify and education high risk postpartum depression patients.