Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

19C Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy and Postpartum

Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy and Postpartum is a serious patient safety issue, complicating 10% of all pregnancies, causing 9-26% of global maternal mortality, and contributing to 15% of all preterm births (Khalil et al., 2016).

Healthcare professionals must be aware of the symptoms associated with postpartum hypertension in order to effectively educate patients as early as possible and throughout the continuum of care.

Our APSS outline actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain behavior change for high reliability, shared understanding, thorough communication, and meaningful person-centered care across the organization.

Actionable steps include:

  • Executive Summary Checklist
  • Leadership checklist guide to determine whether current evidence-based guidelines are being followed in your organization
  • Performance improvement plan to follow if improvements are necessary
  • Clinical workflow for preoccupation with workflow for areas of improvement
  • How to educate patients and family members about the significance of their role throughout the continuum
  • Guidance on how to measure outcomes

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