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Preventable adverse events in obstetrics: systemic assessment of their incidence and linked risk factors.

Hüner B, Derksen C, Schmiedhofer M, Lippke S, Janni W, Scholz C. Preventable Adverse Events in Obstetrics-Systemic Assessment of Their Incidence and Linked Risk Factors. Healthcare (Basel). 2022;10(1):97. doi:10.3390/healthcare10010097

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February 16, 2022
Hüner B, Derksen C, Schmiedhofer M, et al. Healthcare (Basel). 2022;10(1):97.

Labor and delivery units are high-risk care environments. Based on a retrospective review of obstetrical adverse events occurring at one German hospital in 2018, researchers created a matrix of preventable factors contributing to adverse events. Six categories of preventable events were identified (peripartum therapy delay; diagnostic error; inadequate maternal birth position; organizational errors; inadequate fetal monitoring; medication error) and 19 associated risk factors, including language barriers, missed diagnosis of a preexisting condition, and on-call duty.

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Hüner B, Derksen C, Schmiedhofer M, Lippke S, Janni W, Scholz C. Preventable Adverse Events in Obstetrics-Systemic Assessment of Their Incidence and Linked Risk Factors. Healthcare (Basel). 2022;10(1):97. doi:10.3390/healthcare10010097