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Perinatal Emergency Protocols:
Survey Results

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) has 83 birthing hospitals participating in the initiative. Participating hospitals focus on reducing early elective deliveries (EEDs), eclampsia and obstetric hemorrhage.  In March 2014, birthing hospitals were asked to evaluate the structure of their current practices for obstetrical care, focusing on current perinatal emergency protocols and response practices.  Interested in viewing the results? Please follow this link.
Actions You Can Start Now to Reduce Obstetrical Adverse Events:
  1. Use a collaborative approach by partnering with national and state organizations like, The Joint Commission, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), and March Of Dimes.
  2. Consider making maternal safety areas a priority. Examples of areas: OB Hemorrhage, Preeclampsia/Hypertension, and/or Prevention of VTE in Pregnancy
  3. Use key resources to support standardized practices and standardized measures. Click this link to view some of the key resources available online.
  4. Create a multidisciplinary work-group to include: physician champion(s), OB leaders, nurses and others.
  5. Develop a system-wide toolkit for implementation:
    • Using a template policy to include early identification and treatment guidelines
    • Using educational materials
    • Performing regular audits for compliance
    • Emphasizing accountability system-wide 
    • Emphasizing patient involvement: An educated patient is of tremendous value.  

IHC August Conferences - Reminder!

Don't forget that the IHC Annual Conference and August Learning Community are next week! You still have an opportunity to register!
For the Annual Conference, if your organization sends five or more individuals, there is a registration special of $150/individual (otherwise $175/individual).  To receive this special rate, print a copy of the brochure registration form and write “Special” at the top.  Please email the registration form to Nancy Thompson or fax to (515) 698 - 5104 by August 21.

Upcoming Events:

  • August 21, 2014: "Implementing Maternal Warning Criteria." This webcast is from AWHONN. For more information and to register for this webinar, click this link.
  • Partnership for Patients (PfP) Webinar - August 26, 2014: "LEAPT Cross-Pollination Event: Innovation in Safety Practice - Using IT Technology." For more information and to register for this PfP event click this link.
  • September 11, 2014: "R is for readiness: Developing and improving your hospital's OB emergency simulation program." This is a webcast health by the Premier HEN. For more information and to register click this link. When registering, please select "OTHER" as your organization.
  • September 27, 2014: "Taking Control of Your Diabetes Program" to be held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, IA. For more information click this link to view the brochure and click this link to register for the event.

Next IHC What's Up Call for HEN Hospitals:
September 09, 2014
10:00 A.M.
For dial in information, email


IHC August Conferences:
August 26th: HEN Learning Community
August 27th: IHC Annual Conference

For registration information, please click this link.

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