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CDC Vital Signs. May 7, 2019.
Maternal morbidity and mortality is a worldwide patient safety problem. This analysis describes the prevalence of pregnancy-related death and areas of concern during pregnancy, at delivery, and up to a year postpartum. It reports that 60% of these deaths are preventable and provides suggestions for families, clinicians, and systems to reduce risks.
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Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. June 2017.
Communication in labor and delivery units can be challenging. This AHRQ-funded program draws from comprehensive unit-based safety program principles to reduce errors in maternal and neonatal care. The toolkit provides guidance and materials focused on enhancing teamwork skills, implementing perinatal safety strategies, and utilizing in situ simulation. Team training modules and care bundles are shared to enable skill development. A previous WebM&M commentary explored a near miss with a neonate.
Kirkup B. London, UK: The Stationery Office; 2015. ISBN: 9780108561306.
Sharing information about large-scale investigations into failures can provide insights on factors that contribute to adverse clinical incidents. This report discusses an analysis of care delivered in the maternity unit of a National Health Service Trust between 2004 and 2013 which uncovered problems that were perpetuated due to failure to look into the initial event.