The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) was awarded funding from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) to implement strategies to reduce maternal mortality. As part of this project, the UDOH is working with interested hospitals to implement the maternal safety bundle on obstetric hemorrhage from the National Partnership for Maternal Safety, Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care. This project is in response to the UDOH Maternal Mortality Review committee findings that obstetric hemorrhage was Utah's third leading cause of maternal death between 2005 and 2012. In addition, the National Center for Health Statistics notes that Utah’s postpartum transfusion rates are double that of the national average.
The Utah Department of Health hosted a 1.5 day meeting on October 1-2, 2015 in Salt Lake City, to kick off this obstetric hemorrhage prevention project. The project will be a statewide learning collaborative geared towards implementing components of the obstetric hemorrhage safety bundle. All collaborative work after this initial meeting will be conducted via web based technology and will consist of didactic information, case presentations and real time problem-solving discussions among facility staff. These virtual meetings occured twice monthly until April 2016 when a 1.5 day closing meeting was held on April 21-22, 2016. We have invited OB team members (OB/GYNs, family practice, certified nurse midwives, registered nurses, and/or anesthesiologists) from interested facilities to attend.