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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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Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY, USA. erin.dupree@mssm.org

Abstract

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.

PMID:
20014415
DOI:
10.1002/msj.20144
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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