Maternal Death from Obstetric Hemorrhage

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), 2000 L Street, NW, Suite 740, Washington, DC 20036, USA.
Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing (Impact Factor: 1.02). 04/2012; 41(4):531-9. DOI: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2012.01372.x
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Obstetric hemorrhage remains the leading cause of maternal death in the United States, and 54% to 93% of these deaths may have been preventable. Leaders must honor the lives of women who die from obstetric hemorrhage by reviewing their deaths and sharing lessons learned. Shortening the current 3 to 7 year data gap will allow for timely initiation of quality improvement efforts. Designated leaders and researchers from the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses are ideally positioned to lead these quality initiatives.

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