Crain's Detroit Business: Hospitals Ramp Up Efforts to Reduce Maternal Deaths in Michigan

Posted on December 21, 2017

In this Dec. 20, 2017, article in Crain's Detroit Business, reporter Jay Greene investigates efforts to reduce maternal deaths in Michigan.

According to the article, the U.S. ranks 64th in the world for maternal deaths, and Michigan ranks eighth in the nation, despite some recent improvement and dropping from No. 5 in 2010. But because of continued high national rates, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has created the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) with a number of other organizations in an effort to reduce maternal deaths.

Greene spoke to Sam Watson, senior vice president of patient quality and safety at the MHA Keystone Center, about how the association is working with hospitals, AIM and other stakeholders to collect data about maternal mortality and provide information and resources to clinical care teams in hospitals.

"We are collecting data on postpartum hemorrhage, where the mom bleeds substantially, and pre-eclampsia (convulsions) hypertension," Watson said.

"The AIM national team has six bundles, and the first two have been implemented in Michigan," he said. "When you think about the effort that goes into a package of interventions, it takes substantial amount of work and time to capture the data."

Watson went on to say that he expects local care teams, led by physician leaders, to visit more hospitals and share best practices with them in 2018.

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Tags: MHA Keystone Center, maternal health, maternal mortality, maternal morbidity, AIM, Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health

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