“Solutions in Sight”, a report released by non-profit consumer rights advocacy group Public Citizen, outlines how birth injuries and fatalities have been drastically reduced in the past 15 years due to new health care initiatives taken by four organizations. However, these safety programs have not yet been implemented nationwide, leaving many mothers and infants unprotected.
The four healthcare facilities, The Hospital Corporation of America, The New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, Ascension Health, and Premier Inc., experienced tremendous improvements, including a 50% reduction in neonatal fatalities and 74% decrease in preventable birth trauma to full-term newborns. This progress is largely due to the adoption of training strategies to aid in the birthing process, including simulation training during emergencies and training to improve communication issues amongst medical staff—two major contributing factors of catastrophic events in childbirth. The organizations also developed policies relating to cesarean and early elective deliveries, which can pose great risks of complications.
While these four organizations have made great strides in reducing infant mortality and birth injuries, experts say that these best practices are inconsistent in the obstetrics profession nation-wide. “Our finding of a large gap in quality in obstetrical care between high- and low-performing hospitals has important policy implications for maternal health,” wrote the authors of a study published by Health Affairs in 2014 . The authors went on to say, “If this performance gap could be narrowed, it could lead to substantial improvements in obstetrical outcomes for large numbers of women.”
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