Women in labor face three delays in ensuring a positive outcome to delivery:*
Beacon provides end-to-end coordination of formal and/or informal emergency resources to mitigate each delay:
Deciding to seek care is an easier choice when help is just a phone call away. Using Beacon, communities can create a universally-accessible method to report childbirths and other obstetric emergencies. Beacon then coordinates and dispatches existing emergency resources, like midwives or proper transportation.
Arriving at a health facility is more likely to happen when available vehicles can be notified as soon as they’re needed. Beacon allows any type of transport to be dispatched by sending text messages to coordinate resources, helping women find and access transport to a healthcare facility when minutes count.
Receiving adequate care is more likely to happen if trained professionals are notified as soon as they’re needed. If it’s too late to transport a woman in labor to a facility, Beacon can coordinate midwives or other trained healthcare professionals to bring quality care to the scene when all else fails.
The decision to seek care for a complicated childbirth is made.
The patient or bystander calls the designated emergency number to request assistance.
A dispatcher takes the patient’s information and sends it out through Beacon as a text message to all available responders and vehicles.
Beacon selects the nearest and most appropriate resources from those confirming their availability to help and instructs them to proceed to location.
When transport has been determined and the appropriate destination selected, advanced notification is sent to the receiving facility indicating transport status and arrival updates.
The patient is transferred to an appropriate facility where adequate care is possible.