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MPSC Perinatal Collaborative Highlighted in Sun Letter to the Editor

State Is Striving to Save Infants, The Baltimore Sun, Letter to the Editor, October 10, 2008. The editorial “Why do so many die?” (Sept. 28) highlights a serious issue — Maryland’s high infant mortality rate — but suggests that little is being done about it. Let me correct that misconception. This is a complex problem being tackled by numerous concerned organizations. For instance, the Perinatal Safety Culture Collaborative, led by the Maryland Patient Safety Center, with funding from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has identified and implemented clinical practices to make births safer for babies and mothers. Over the last 18 months, most hospitals in Maryland that deliver babies have participated in the only statewide initiative of its kind in the U.S. Hospitals here are working cooperatively toward our goal of zero preventable adverse events during labor and delivery. As a result, hospitals are adopting new clinical techniques, such as rehearsing emergency situations, making sure every aspect of the delivery adheres to best practices and holding frequent “huddles” to improve communication among nurses and doctors. This effort is a component of Babies Born Healthy, a multipronged initiative of the state’s health department. Dr. William Minogue, Elkridge. The writer is executive director of the Maryland Patient Safety Center.
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