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Obstet Gynecol. 2014 May;123(5):973-7. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000219.

The National Partnership for Maternal Safety.

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Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, California, and University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Washington, DC.


Recognition of the need to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States has led to the creation of the National Partnership for Maternal Safety. This collaborative, broad-based initiative will begin with three priority bundles for the most common preventable causes of maternal death and severe morbidity: obstetric hemorrhage, severe hypertension in pregnancy, and peripartum venous thromboembolism. In addition, three unit-improvement bundles for obstetric services were identified: a structured approach for the recognition of early warning signs and symptoms, structured internal case reviews to identify systems improvement opportunities, and support tools for patients, families, and staff that experience an adverse outcome. This article details the formation of the National Partnership for Maternal Safety and introduces the initial priorities.

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