OBJECTIVE: To describe quality improvement opportunities (QIOs) associated with the five leading causes of pregnancy-related death in California (cardiovascular disease, preeclampsia/eclampsia, hemorrhage, venous thromboembolism, and sepsis) and the methods by which the QIOs were collected by the California Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review committee.
CONCLUSION: Identification of CVD or its risk factors during pregnancy can lead to timely, multidisciplinary approaches to management and birth in facilities that offer appropriately trained health care professionals and appropriate equipment. Maternal mortality can be reduced if signs and symptoms of CVD in women are recognized early and treatment modalities are implemented quickly during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
Reference: Morton, Christine H. et al. Translating Maternal Mortality Review Into Quality Improvement Opportunities in Response to Pregnancy-Related Deaths in California. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing . 48.3 (2019): 252 – 262. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogn.2019.03.003