Quality Improvement and Patient Safety on Labor and Delivery

Bethany Sabol, Aaron Caughey

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Abstract

There has been an emphasis on redesigning our health care system to eliminate medical errors and create a culture of safety. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists defines a culture of safety as an environment in which all care providers are empowered to identify errors, near misses, risky behaviors and broader systems issues while engaging in active collaboration to improve and resolve processes and system failures. This article reviews key components that promote a culture of safety and help to implement safer, more effective, evidence-based quality care on labor and delivery units.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-678
Number of pages12
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Labor and delivery
  • Maternal outcomes
  • Neonatal outcomes
  • Quality improvement
  • Teamwork

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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