Bronson Methodist Hospital Implements “Safety Bundles” to Reduce Maternal Deaths
Robert Sokol, MD, Emeritus Dean and Emeritus Distinguished Professor of OB/GYN and Physiology, Wayne State University (left) presented the MI-AIM award to Robin Schroeder, System Director, Bronson Women’s & Children’s Services and Dr. Gregory Utter of Bronson Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
Bronson Methodist Hospital’s BirthPlace was recently recognized by the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI-AIM) for its commitment to quality and safety. The BirthPlace has implemented obstetric hemorrhage and severe hypertension in pregnancy “safety bundles”. The goal is to prevent severe complications during labor and delivery, to improve outcomes and prevent maternal (mother) deaths through readiness, early recognition and rapid response. Bronson Methodist Hospital is only one of five birthing hospitals in the State of Michigan to receive this recognition.
The safety bundles include easy-to-access hemorrhage carts, response checklists, medications and blood supplies according to a patient’s risk. Obstetric teams go through simulation trainings to be better prepared should a mom experience hemorrhaging or severe hypertension. They also follow specific guidelines to assess risk for hemorrhage. Patient education and follow-up standards are also included in the severe hypertension bundle.
The Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) is a national data-driven maternal safety and quality improvement initiative, partnering with state health departments, health associations and perinatal collaboratives and hospitals, to implement and report progress on consistent maternity care practices, or “bundles,” for common pregnancy-related conditions. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the lead partner in the AIM program under the guidance of the Council for Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care. The Michigan Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (MI-AIM) is one of four states that were first to join this national initiative to reduce U.S. maternal mortality and morbidity and have made promising improvements in maternal health.