Regional Safety Sessions to Focus on Maternal Hypertension, Implementing Safety Bundles

Posted on June 18, 2020

Approximately three in five pregnancy-related deaths can be prevented, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To address this matter, hospital teams across Michigan are focusing on combating factors contributing to maternal mortality, such as hypertension. 

The MHA Keystone Center, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), is providing virtual Maternal Health Safety Sessions for providers across Michigan and resources for Michigan birthing hospitals as they continue to combat this concern. The webinars are tailored to the State of Michigan Prosperity Regions, with each offering a similar curriculum.  

The sessions focus on implementing the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM) safety bundles to reduce maternal hypertension and improve health outcomes for mothers and infants. Safety bundles equip hospitals with influential protocols, necessary equipment, employee education and drills to prevent and adequately treat severe maternal events. This peer-learning format allows participants to discuss barriers and successes of identifying and treating obstetric hemorrhage and severe hypertension. 

Elizabeth Langen, MD, from the University of Michigan led an educational webinar June 10 to discuss maternal hypertension and trends in data, as well as how hospitals can implement and use the MI AIM bundles. Participants registering for the Maternal Health Safety Sessions are encouraged to review a recording of this webinar prior to attending their session, as content from the webinar will be referenced. Hospitals will have the opportunity for open discussions to ask questions, provide insight to one another, and provide the MHA and MDHHS teams an understanding of the future education needs of member hospitals. Registration is available online and participation is free of charge.  

Tags: MHA Keystone Center, maternal health, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Maternal Safety

Posted in: Member News, Patient Safety & Quality

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