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Mt Sinai J Med. 2009 Dec;76(6):529-38. doi: 10.1002/msj.20144.

Achieving a safety culture in obstetrics.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, USA.


Preventable maternal and neonatal mortalities still occur, despite the wonders of today's technologically advanced healthcare system. Delivering high-quality, consistent care is the goal of every provider. Yet, obstetrical practice, in which unpredictable events and high-risk situations are the norm, is particularly vulnerable to medical errors. Obstetrics departments should be striving for a climate of patient safety, one that includes a just, reporting, and learning culture. This article discusses the various components of a safety culture as well as some of the advances that are being made in the field to improve the quality of care in obstetrics.

Copyright 2009 Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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