White Plains (N.Y.) Hospital has been working as part of the Safe Motherhood Initiative since its inception last spring.
The SMI is a statewide effort of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District II in New York State. The initiatives goal, according to a news release, is to decrease morbidity and mortality during pregnancy and childbirth.
SMI focuses on three specific areas: obstetric hemorrhage, severe hypertension and venothromboembolism. ACOG works with more than 100 hospitals throughout New York, providing participating hospitals with standardized protocols, toolkits and in-person training.
The initiative was implemented at White Plains Hospital by Jay Lupin, MD, director, obstetrics & gynecology; Jane Ciaramella, MS, RNC-OB, C-EFM, IBCLC, perinatal clinical nurse specialist; and Bonnie Thompson, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CNML, nurse manager.
The Safe Motherhood Initiative has already resulted in improvements, such as getting our patients quicker access to needed medications during hemorrhage, through better placement of medication and communication with our pharmacy, Ciaramella said in the release.
As part of the SMI, White Plains nurses and staff members meet on a regular basis, conduct training drills and post information throughout the labor and delivery unit to improve outcomes in maternal health.
The SMI is provided at no cost to participating hospitals and is the result of a grant provided to ACOG District II from Merck for Mothers, a philanthropic campaign focused on eliminating maternal mortality.