Recognition of the need to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States has led to the creation of the National Partnership for Maternal Safety. This collaborative, broad-based initiative will begin with three priority bundles for the most common preventable causes of maternal death and severe morbidity: obstetric hemorrhage, severe hypertension in pregnancy, and peripartum venous thromboembolism. In addition, three unit-improvement bundles for obstetric services were identified: a structured approach for the recognition of early warning signs and symptoms, structured internal case reviews to identify systems improvement opportunities, and support tools for patients, families, and staff that experience an adverse outcome. This article details the formation of the National Partnership for Maternal Safety and introduces the initial priorities.
The National Partnership for Maternal Safety outlines a national safety initiative to reduce the most preventable cases of maternal death and severe morbidity.
Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California, and University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC.
Dr. D'Alton and Dr. Menard represent the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Dr. Levy and Dr. Main represent the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the National Partnership for Maternal Safety.
Corresponding author: Mary E. D'Alton, MD, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University Medical Center, 622 W 168th Street, PH16-28, New York, NY 10032-3725; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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