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Does a Postpartum Hemorrhage Patient Safety Program Result in Sustained Changes in Management and Outcomes?

Einerson, B.D.; Miller, E.S.; Grobman, W.A.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000479506.42989.23
Mechanisms, Equipment, Hazards

(Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015;212(2):140.e1-144.e1)

Postpartum hemorrhage is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality, and its rate is increasing. In 2010, The Joint Commission encouraged hospitals to create a system of protocols to help prevent hemorrhage. Some studies have shown positive results after institution of these protocols, but these studies have included a small number of participants or examined a short timeframe. Although the efficacy of these programs is still unproven, the authors of this study hypothesized that over a long time period such a program would show sustained improvements in maternal outcomes.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

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