This Week in Maternity - Patient safety curriculum, coroner investigative power and breastfeeding peer support
UK Government consultation – Giving coroners power to investigate still births
The UK government has launched a consultation on proposals to give coroners power to investigate all full term still births.
Currently coroners are only able to investigate deaths of babies who have shown signs of life after they were born. The proposal would enable coroners to provide parents with information on the cause of death as well as providing recommendations to avoid further deaths. It is stated that under the proposed system:
You can provide your views on the proposal by completing an online survey available here.
Patient Safety Curriculum
The Patient Safety Movement foundation has developed patient safety curriculum and education resources for healthcare professionals. It is aimed at developing knowledge, skills and behaviors to support improvement of patient safety and reduction of errors.
The resources can be used by those providing education on patient safety to help facilitate teaching. It provides information on how to get started with using the resource along with educational materials.
The curriculum covers 8 topics; error science, system science, human factors, technology, teamwork and communication, leadership and leading change, culture of safety and patient oriented safe care.
For each topic learning objectives are provided along with examples of demonstrating how they are met. There are videos, clinical cases and local experience examples provided along with further clinical resources and suggested reading.
The curriculum is available here.
Breastfeeding support via phone – A randomized controlled trial
A randomized trial has been published looking into the impact proactive telephone-based peer support has on breastfeeding.
The randomized trial conducted across 3 Australian hospitals involved more than 1000 women. The women were randomized to 2 groups – 1 with normal care and the other with normal care plus proactive phone-based support from a trained peer volunteer for up to 6 months post-partum. Only first-time mothers were included in the study.
The study measured the number of babies receiving any breast milk at six months finding that 75% of infants in the peer support group were receiving breast milk compared to 69% with only the usual support. Women in the peer support group had a 23% lower risk of stopping breastmilk feeding.
The study concludes:
‘Providing first time mothers with telephone-based support from a peer with at least six months personal breastfeeding experience is an effective intervention for increasing breastfeeding maintenance in settings with high breastfeeding initiation.’
The study is available here.