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A recent article in the Wall Street Journal describes some of the ways health care professionals are collaborating to improve obstetrics care, thanks in part to grants from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal describes some of the ways health care professionals are collaborating to improve obstetrics care, thanks in part to grants from the federalAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
According to the article,
and a team comprising Minneapolis-based
Fairview Health Services
and the University of
Minnesota School of Public Health
have each received grants for about $3 million dollars to develop obstetrics safety programs. Their work is a continuation of a program started in 2008 by the Charlotte, NC alliance of hospitals known as
. Studies by Premier found 5 recurring issues responsible for most delivery-related problems: Failure to initiate timely Cesarean section
Failure to recognize an infant in distress
Failure to properly resuscitate a baby
Inappropriate use of labor-inducing drugs
Misuse of vacuums and forceps
The work from these groups to combat these issues has led to dramatic declines in birth injuries and deaths. Some of the programs they’ve introduced in hospitals include:
- Developing packages of procedures that produce the best results
- Assuring that nurses and technicians will speak up if they think something is wrong
- Using delivery-room training with robots and video cameras to capture and review each step taken
Considering that in a 2009 Medical Liability Survey
62% of total reported liability claims were for obstetrics care
, how is your hospital or team working to improve obstetrics safety? Which changes will have the biggest impact, and which are a waste of time/money?
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