Our Leading Change series profiles leaders in efforts to transform maternity care. This month we bring readers an interview with Christine Morton, PhD, a medical sociologist at the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. Christine and I discuss the rising rate of maternal mortality, how standardizing care for obstetric hemorrhage can help, the need for better data collection and reporting, and how state quality collaboratives can lead change. Thanks Christine for taking the time to answer these questions, and thanks everyone at CMQCC for your work to transform maternity care!
Posts tagged with 'postpartum hemorrhage'
The primary aim of this collaborative is to improve California hospital capabilities and resources for responding to obstetric hemorrhage by increasing the use of protocols and drills and by improving availability of and training in standard and state-of-the-art medical, surgical and blood replacement options. Obstetric (OB) hemorrhage is a leading cause of pregnancy-related morbidity and mortality but has major opportunities for improved outcomes.
In the Literature: Comprehensive patient safety program results in dramatic decrease in adverse events, 99% reduction in malpractice payments
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, a tertiary academic referral center in New York City, reports that following a multi-year, comprehensive patient safety program, sentinel events (maternal deaths and serious newborn injuries) decreased from 5 in 2000 to none in 2008 and 2009 while yearly compensation payments decreased from more than $27 million between 2003 and 2006 to $2.5 million between 2007-2009, a 99% reduction that far offset the cost of implementing the safety program.