Pregnant woman and provider blood pressure

Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy: Changes in Diagnosis and Management Toward Improving Morbidity and Mortality

Originally presented on June 12, 2014

Presenter: Peter Cherouny, MD
Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
University of Vermont College of Medicine

Dr. Cherouny has strong clinical interests in obstetric health care quality improvement and is currently serving as the Chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI's) IMPACT Perinatal Improvement Community. He also currently serves as an obstetric content and quality improvement expert for the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and was the lead author of the IHI white paper "Idealized Design of Perinatal Care".

Additionally, Dr. Cherouny previously served as the Chair of Quality Assurance and Improvement and Credentialing for the Women's Health Care Service of Fletcher Allen Healthcare for 16 years and of the Medical Staff for three years. Other prior research and work in obstetric quality improvement is as Chair of the March of Dimes collaborative "Improving Prenatal Care in Vermont", and as Co-investigator of the MedTeams project.

Target Audience:

Health care providers that care for pregnant and postpartum women, including: Physicians, nurses, emergency response, midwives, hospital staff and administration.


After watching this webcast participants will be able to:
  • Describe recent changes in classification and diagnostic criteria of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy (HDP).
  • Identify highlights of current care for HDP, including risk assessment, evaluation and counseling, and medication management.
  • Differentiate best practices for management of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy in different clinical settings (i.e., pre-hospital, outpatient, inpatient, emergency department and postpartum).
  • Explain how to achieve continuous quality improvement across the care spectrum.