Safety team cuts birth trauma rates 93%

November 2008
Healthcare Risk Management;Nov2008, Vol. 30 Issue 11, p129
The article discusses the hospital system of The Seton Family of Hospitals, based in Austin, Texas, that reduces birth trauma rates by 93%. The hospital system has reduced birth trauma rates by implementing a perinatal safety team, including new protocols and policies for deliveries. Some of the highlights of the system were that vacuum delivery is prohibited prior to 36 weeks gestation, elective induction is not allowed until 39 weeks gestation, and has reduced prematurity rates.


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