Patient safety in obstetrics — the Hospital Corporation of America Experience

Hospital Corporation of America, Nashville, TN, USA.
American journal of obstetrics and gynecology (Impact Factor: 4.7). 02/2011; 204(4):283-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2010.12.034
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We report an update on obstetric patient safety efforts and results in the nation's largest obstetric health care delivery system. The application of principles advocated by the Institute of Medicine a decade ago has resulted in reduced adverse outcomes, as reflected by claims experience. Particular progress has been made in standardization and documentation of critical processes, establishment of national quality benchmarks, reduction in elective deliveries <39 weeks' gestation, and reduction in fatal postcesarean pulmonary embolism. Our experience provides a useful blueprint for similar progress in other health care systems.

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    • "They concluded the instrument valid and feasible to assess patient safety and may be used for quantitative analysis of patient records and to identify unsafe situations. The Hospital Corporation of America recently presented their obstetric patient safety efforts and results [28]. Standardization and documentation of critical processes, establishment of national quality benchmarks, reduction in elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestation and reduction in fatal post-caesarean pulmonary embolism were the major areas of progress. "
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