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Journal Article > Commentary
Sachs BP. JAMA. 2005;294:833-840.
Part of a series in JAMA entitled Clinical Crossroads, this case study discusses the unfortunate events surrounding a 38-year-old woman's presentation to a labor and delivery unit. The case details a seemingly routine full-term pregnancy that rapidly evolved into a course of complications, ultimately leading to a fetal death, a hysterectomy, and a prolonged hospital course. The discussion shares the experience through the eyes of the patient, her husband, and the primary obstetrician. Further exploration of the case identified several specific factors and broader systems issues that contributed to the events. The author shares how this particular institution responded with overarching changes, including a greater emphasis on teamwork, communication, and appropriate staffing of labor and delivery units to promote safety.
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Effect of a comprehensive obstetric patient safety program on compensation payments and sentinel events.
Grunebaum A, Chervenak F, Skupski D. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011;204:97-105.
Implementing a comprehensive safety program, which included teamwork training, additional staffing and reduction of work hours, electronic medical records, and a dedicated patient safety nurse, was associated with a sharp reduction in malpractice lawsuits and sentinel events at an academic hospital.
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A 'busy day' effect on perinatal complications of delivery on weekends: a retrospective cohort study.
Snowden JM, Kozhimannil KB, Muoto I, Caughey AB, McConnell KJ. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017;26:e1.
This study found that perinatal complications of childbirth, including low Apgar scores, neonatal seizures, and postpartum hemorrhage, were more prevalent during the weekend, echoing the weekend effect in other health settings. Higher patient volume was also associated with worse outcomes, consistent with prior studies of nurse staffing ratios. These results argue for staffing changes to ensure safety at busy times and outside usual business hours.