- December 21st 2012
Harm to mothers and their infants is significantly reduced when physicians, nurses and others follow protocols in the perinatal setting, a new study shows.
Between January 2008 and December 2010, 14 hospitals participating in the Premier Perinatal Safety Initiative, a collaborative of facilities from 12 states, reduced by 25% birth hypoxia and asphyxia that can cause infant brain damage. Neonatal birth trauma — from minor bruising to nerve or brain damage — was reduced 22%, according to results from the initiative published in December.
Mothers saw a 15% decrease in complications associated with anesthesia during labor and delivery, including events such as cardiac arrest and other complications. They also saw postpartum hemorrhaging, the most common cause of perinatal maternal death in the developed world, drop by 5.4%.
To achieve those numbers, the initiative used “care bundles,” groups of evidence-based interventions that are more effective when used together rather [Read more]