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New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NYSPQC) Maternal Hemorrhage and Hypertension Initiative

In April 2014, the NYSPQC Obstetrical Improvement Project expanded beyond scheduled deliveries to include the focus areas of maternal hemorrhage and hypertension, the two leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality in New York State. 

The maternal hemorrhage and hypertension portion of the project strived to advance improvements in identifying and treating maternal hemorrhage and preeclampsia, eclampsia, and severe hypertension. This was achieved by applying evidence-based interventions to improve capability within NYS birthing hospitals for ongoing quality improvement activities. The NYSPQC provided education on, and highlighted effective strategies for, integrating patient safety practices associated with early identification of maternal hemorrhage, preeclampsia, eclampsia, and severe hypertension into existing infrastructure for care delivery.

The NYSPQC Project Team at the NYSDOH developed this project with the New York State Partnership for Patients (NYSPFP), a CMS-funded hospital engagement network initiated by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). 

Seventy-one NYS birthing facilities participated in this initiative, 11 Regional Perinatal Centers (RPCs) and 60 Level I, II and III birthing facilities.  The project concluded in October 2015.