In the News - Alabama passes law banning abortion
Legislation passed in Alabama is the most restrictive abortion bill in the US. It makes carrying out an abortion at any stage in pregnancy illegal even criminalizing abortion in cases of rape and incest. Doctors carrying out the procedure could face up to 99 years in jail.
Abortions would only be legal in cases where the mother’s life is in danger or if the fetus has a fatal condition. Many groups and organizations are planning to challenge the bill.
There are several countries around the world where there are also restrictions or bans on abortions including Northern Ireland, Malta, Philippines and Poland.
Safety culture can positively impact surgical outcomes
This study into the influence of hospital safety culture on surgical outcomes highlights the positive impact safety culture can have. Those hospitals that reported a positive safety culture were significantly associated with lower risk of postoperative morbidity. The study concludes:
‘Hospital safety culture can influence certain surgical patient outcomes. Improving the safety culture within a hospital can represent a previously unrecognized approach that can be leveraged to strengthen surgical quality improvement efforts at the hospital level.’
The study can be found here.
Translating Maternal Mortality Review into Quality Improvement Opportunities in Response to Pregnancy-Related Deaths in California
An article has been published looking at improvement opportunities from the maternal mortality review in California. The study looked at readiness, recognition and response allocating data from 203 pregnancy related deaths into one of the 3 categories. Opportunities for improvement relating to each category were identified:
Read the study here.