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OCH Earns Obstetric Hemorrhage 2021 Quality Improvement Award

Updated: 4/7/2022

On March 16, 2022, Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) was presented with a New York State Obstetric Hemorrhage 2021 Quality Improvement Award, recognizing the hospital's successful participation in the New York State Obstetric Hemorrhage Project by meeting the project's goal of assessing 85 percent of birth hospitalization patients on admission for risk of obstetric hemorrhage.

As a participant, OCH worked to:

  • Improve readiness to respond to obstetric hemorrhage by implementing standardized procedures and policies
  • Develop rapid response teams
  • Improve recognition of obstetric hemorrhage by performing ongoing quantification of blood loss
  • Improve response to hemorrhage by performing regular, on-site, multidisciplinary obstetric hemorrhage drills
  • Improve reporting of obstetric hemorrhage by using standardized definitions, resulting in consistent coding

In a letter announcing the award, Marilyn A. Kacica, MD, MPH, executive director of the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC), wrote:

Due to the efforts of participating facilities such as yours we were able to meet our goal of reducing maternal morbidity and mortality associated with obstetric hemorrhage in New York State. In November 2018, the project goal of increasing hemorrhage risk assessment on admission to 85 percent of pregnant people was met. On admission hemorrhage risk assessment improved 21 percent from baseline. Furthermore, postpartum hemorrhage risk assessment improved 97 percent from baseline.

"I am so proud of our maternity team for their dedication to reducing the risk of hemorrhage in our patients at OCH," said Allegra Jaros, president of OCH. "The recognition is well deserved!"

The Regional Perinatal Center outreach team also played a vital role in the project's success by manually looking through each patient's chart to abstract and then report the data to the state. They also worked with our regional affiliates to implement postpartum hemorrhage carts and processes across all of the birthing facilities.

"Outstanding teamwork!," said Pam Trevino, chief quality and safety officer at OCH. "This project has been a monumental effort by all involved and has certainly saved women's lives."