Michigan Birthing Hospitals Discuss Obstetric Hemorrhage and Severe Hypertension

Posted on October 14, 2020

The MHA Keystone Center and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) launched five interactive maternal health safety sessions from June through September 2020. The safety sessions were held virtually for birthing hospitals across various regions statewide.

The maternal health safety sessions convened participants to discuss prevailing barriers, opportunities and successes of recognizing and treating obstetric (OB) hemorrhage and severe hypertension in pregnancy. The sessions emphasized addressing severe hypertension, which is known to be a “silent killer” of pregnant women. The safety sessions’ goal was for participants to work toward full implementation of the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM) safety bundles to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.

The offerings reached across the state, with 86 OB physicians, nurses, healthcare providers and quality improvement professionals from 61 Michigan birthing hospitals participating in the safety sessions.

In addition, two maternal health educational webinars were conducted during the summer of 2020, providing healthcare professionals an additional opportunity to hear from leading maternal health experts to expand their knowledge of maternal hypertension and the MI AIM safety bundles.

The key topics discussed during the safety sessions were communication between providers and patients, sustainable education for physicians, and overcoming barriers to data submission. 

In 2021, the MHA Keystone Center and the MDHHS will host four additional maternal health safety sessions that build on information learned during the 2020 sessions. These sessions may focus on the following:

  • Emergency department education.
  • Data abstraction.
  • Patient education.
  • Connecting MI AIM facilities to discuss data collection tips and overcome barriers by learning from one another.

Members with questions may contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Tags: MHA Keystone Center, maternal health, MDHHS, obstetric hemorrhage, hypertension

Posted in: Patient Safety and Quality

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