The Obstetric Safety Initiative is dedicated to finding multi-disciplinary and multi-pronged approaches to reduce adverse events and the physical, psychological and financial toll these take on infants, women, families, health care providers, organizations, and communities.
Information, strategies, and resources are made available to all those who share this dedication and are working to provide reliable, family-centered maternity care to the women of northern New England.
- An OB patient safety primer to help you get started
- A course in electronic fetal monitoring for clinicians
- Strategies for improving patient safety
- Professional resources from national organizations
In 2005, John Collins, CEO, Elizabeth Stanton, Regional Risk Management, and Barry Smith MD, Chair Emeritus, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, identified the need for a system-wide three-year clinical improvement project in obstetrics.
Barbara Fildes, RN, MS, CNM, Director of the Department of OB/GYN, Division of Midwives and Nurse Practitioners, 1994-2005, was asked to join Barry Smith in leading this effort. The team expanded to include Vicki Flanagan RN, MS, known to many obstetric and neonatal staff in Vermont and New Hampshire through the Regional Program for Women's and Children's Health, and David Turner MD, board certified in family medicine and currently completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology.
This initiative has now expanded well beyond the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics to include many other hospitals in Vermont and New Hampshire.