Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

19A Postpartum Hemorrhage

The Postpartum Hemorrhage APSS Blueprint outlines actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain improvements in order to reduce postpartum hemorrhage morbidity and mortality. Actionable steps to improve postpartum hemorrhage rates and summaries of available evidence-based practice protocols are included:

  • 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 postpartum hemorrhage prevention and management across the continuum
  • Knowledge base on early detection and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage
  • How to educate patients and family members about postpartum hemorrhage prevention, recognition, and treatment
  • Postpartum hemorrhage resource guide
  • Guidance on how to measure outcomes

The Blueprint is revised annually and is available free of charge on our website.

Hospitals who make a formal commitment to improve postpartum hemorrhage and share their successes on the PSMF website have access to an additional level of consulting services.

Executive Summary

The Problem  Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is the most common problem in pregnancy, and is the leading cause of severe maternal morbidity and preventable mortality. However, estimates show that 54% to 93% of these hemorrhage-related deaths are preventable (Bingham & Jones, 2012). This prevention is only possible through constant readiness, clear guidelines,

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