This blog is taken from a recent HealthStream webinar entitled “Improving Obstetrical Outcomes and Decreasing Hospital Risk.” The webinar was moderated by HealthStream’s Allison Keys and featured HealthStream’s Shelby Bluthardt, Clinical Programs, Solution Executive, Child and Maternal Health and Tanesha Riley, MS, RNC-OB, CCE, Clinical Programs, Solution Executive, Child and Maternal Health.
The webinar panel presented HealthStream’s Quality OB Program – a solution that has helped users achieve a 22% decrease in negative events when compared to the national average.
Riley began by sharing the dismal statistics on the U.S.’s maternal health metrics and offered insights on where healthcare organizations should focus improvement efforts.
Riley further shared that the U.S. currently ranks 55th of 183 countries in maternal mortality.
Riley pointed out the typical causes of maternal deaths – hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, infection and postpartum hemorrhage, but also added that there were some trending causes of maternal morbidity and mortality including such conditions as substance abuse disorder and suicide.
With these factors in mind, HealthStream has partnered with MedStar SiTEL to provide a data and competency-driven solution to address these challenges.
Maternal health metrics have simply failed to improve (and have actually worsened) when the only solution was to simply provide more training. HealthStream and MedStar SiTEL have worked together to develop a solution that incorporates assessment, learning, case-based sims, testing, application, performance and analytics to drive improvement. Bluthardt and Riley shared some key components that improve confidence and competence in OB nurses.
HealthStream customers have reported some impressive results as the Quality OB Program appears to have had a significant impact on maternal health outcomes. MedStar, an early adopter reported some impressive results within two years of implementing the program. They had zero serious OB safety events and also reported zero shoulder dystocia lawsuits which resulted in an estimated 100% decrease in paid claims based on their average number of claims and associated costs each year, which in turn, resulted in tens of millions in savings annually.
Women’s Hospital in Louisiana reported a different kind of success – improved staff engagement and buy-in. Leaders and employees appreciated the engaging content and evidence-based topics that are regularly updated to align with the latest standards of care.
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