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Quality improvement initiatives lead to reduction in nulliparous term singleton vertex cesarean delivery rate.

Vadnais MA, Hacker MR, Shah NT, et al. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2016;43.

Cesarean delivery is associated with increased morbidity, mortality, longer hospital stays, and increased costs. From 2008 through 2015, a single tertiary care academic medical center implemented a quality improvement initiative designed to address factors influencing the rate of nulliparous term singleton vertex (NTSV) cesarean delivery rate. The initiative consisted of provider education, provider feedback, and implementation of new policies. The rate of NTSV cesarean delivery decreased from 34.8% to 21.2% and total cesarean delivery rate decreased from 40.0% to 29.1%. Researchers also noted a decline in the incidence of episiotomy and third-degree lacerations.