This Week in Maternity....Safer Care Victoria Report & New US Maternity Laws & 8 Steps to Reduce Maternal Health Disparities
Eight steps for narrowing the maternal health disparity gap
An article from Contemporary OBGYN titled ‘Eight steps for narrowing the maternal health disparity gap’ has been written providing 8 steps they recommend taking to reduce the inequalities being seen in maternity care.
Within the US approximately 700 women die each year due to pregnancy related causes with 50,000 women experiencing a life-threatening childbirth related complication. There are significant racial differences in the rates of both maternal mortality and morbidity. Black women are 3-4 times more likely to die from pregnancy related causes compared to white women. Native American, Latina and Asian women also experience increased rates of maternal morbidity. Many pregnancy related deaths, up to 60%, could be preventable.
The article details 8 steps to narrow the disparities across care:
The article concludes that implementing the above will not just improve care for those belonging to racial and ethnic communities but for all women during childbirth.
The full article can be read here.
Safer Care Victoria - Supporting Patient Safety Report
Safer Care Victoria has published its annual report for 2017-18. The report provides information about serious adverse events reported with the aim to understand what has been learnt and how care has been improved.
The report highlights events that resulted in the death of an unborn or a new-born baby including:
Safer Care Victoria has a number of projected focused on improving the quality and safety of maternity care including:
Looking forward the Safer Care Victoria is aiming to deliver clinical governance training to all Victoria public health boards, promote medication safety and utilise learning from the Coroners court of Victoria.
Access the full report here.
US laws passed for maternity safety