I just flew home from a family vacation yesterday, and while I worked to soothe my 7-year old’s jittery nerves as the plane took off, the headlines that air travel is safer than hospitalization was little solace to me. That’s because I’m aware of the statistics that hospitalization is far too often simply unsafe. In fact, the Institute of Medicine has estimated that the number of people who die as a result of medical errors and hospital acquired infections is equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every single day.
There is much room for improvement in patient safety in all areas of health care and maternity care is no exception. Thankfully the growing safety field and consumer movement have produced many examples of improvements that make care safer and avert preventable deaths and injuries.
Since July 25 is Patient Safety Day, we’ve pulled together a round up the patient safety resources available from the Transforming Maternity Care community to galvanize action for safe care of mothers and babies.
- The Partnership for Patients national program for improving patient safety, together with the National Priorities Partnership, will offer a free webinar on September 28 about Obstetrical Adverse Events, featuring Childbirth Connection’s Maureen Corry and patient safety expert Kathleen Rice Simpson. Registration is now open.
- Our Transforming Maternity Care Directory includes many examples of patient safety initiatives, such as James’s Project to improve newborn safety through patient and family advocacy, the Keystone: OB Program to improve safety around induction of labor and second stage care, an Oklahoma effort to reduce elective deliveries before 39 weeks, and comprehensive patient safety programs by the Hospital Corporation of America, Catholic Health Partners, and Weill-Cornell Medical Center.
- Our Improvement Toolkit Inventory provides access to toolkits for eliminating elective deliveries, improving teamwork, providing obstetric emergency training, implementing apology and disclosure programs, involving patients and families in safety programs, and more.
- Our list of quality and safety courses provides links to courses designed to enhance and maintain skills necessary for providing safe maternal and newborn care.
- A bibliography of evidence reviews, studies and reports, offers resources for further learning.
What are you doing to improve the safety of mothers and babies?