Safe motherhood initiative: Early impact of severe hypertension in pregnancy bundle implementation

Lynn L. Simpson, Burton Rochelson, Cande V. Ananth, Peter S. Bernstein, Mary D'Alton, Cynthia Chazotte, Jessica A. Lavery, Kristin Zielinski

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Abstract

Objective b-To describe the implementation and early results of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District II Safe Motherhood Initiative's Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy bundle on the timely treatment of severe hypertension in New York State obstetric hospitals. Methods b-This is a retrospective comparative study of two time periods during voluntary implementation of the Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy bundle in New York State's obstetric hospitals. The main outcome measure was the administration of an appropriate antihypertensive agent within 1 hour of the second elevated value for all pregnant or postpartum patients with severe hypertension. Results b-Of the 117 obstetric hospitals participating in the Safe Motherhood Initiative, 111 (94.9%) submitted data included in this analysis. During the study period, 80 of the 111 (72.0%) hospitals reported implementing the hypertension bundle. Overall, 2.4% of pregnant women were diagnosed with severe hypertension, and 60 to 65% of patients were treated within an hour of the second elevated value. Although not statistically significant, a greater numbers of patients were treated within an hour of the second elevated value in the second time period compared with the first in most obstetric hospitals (overall 64.8 vs. 60.8%; p = 0.33). Conclusion b-There were increasing numbers of patients receiving timely treatment of severe hypertension during early implementation of a Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy bundle in New York State obstetric hospitals. However, bundle implementation requires significant financial and human resources and the long-term impact on maternal morbidity and mortality in our state remains uncertain. Precis There was a tendency toward more timely treatment of severe hypertension following implementation of a Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy bundle in New York obstetric hospitals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E212-E218
JournalAJP Reports
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018

Keywords

  • bundle implementation
  • safe motherhood
  • severe hypertension
  • timely treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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