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Improving Maternal Safety at Scale with the Mentor Model of Collaborative Improvement.

CPQCC Publication
TitleImproving Maternal Safety at Scale with the Mentor Model of Collaborative Improvement.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMain EK, Dhurjati R, Cape V, Vasher J, Abreo A, Chang S-C, Gould JB
JournalJt Comm J Qual Patient Saf
Date Published2018 05
KeywordsCalifornia, Cooperative Behavior, Delivery Rooms, Humans, Inservice Training, Mentoring, Patient Care Bundles, Patient Care Team, Patient Safety, Postpartum Hemorrhage, Professional Role, Quality Improvement

BACKGROUND: Obstetric safety bundles, consisting of action steps shown to improve outcomes, have been developed to address the most common and preventable causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. Implementing these best practices across all birthing facilities remains an important and challenging clinical and public health priority.

METHODS: The California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) developed an innovative external mentor model for large-scale collaborative improvement in which participating organizations were subdivided into small teams of six to eight hospitals, led by a paired dyad of physician and nurse leaders. The mentor model preserves the active sharing that enhances improvement across a large group of facilities working on the same project while enabling individualized attention to teams. The mentor model was tested by implementing the obstetric hemorrhage safety bundle (which consists of 17 key practices in four domains) in multiple California hospitals.

RESULTS: A total of 126 hospitals were engaged to simultaneously implement the safety bundle. The adoption rates for the recommended practices in the four action domains were (1) Readiness, 78.9%; (2) Recognition and Prevention, 76.5%; (3) Response, 63.1%; and (4) Reporting and Systems Learning, 58.7%. Mentors (31/40) and participating teams (48 responses from 39/126 hospitals) provided feedback in an exit survey. Among the respondents, 64.5% of mentors and 72.9% of participants agreed that compared to a traditional collaborative structure, the mentor model was better suited for quality improvement at scale.

CONCLUSION: The mentor model was successful in providing individualized support to teams and enabled implementation of the hemorrhage safety bundle across a diverse group of 126 hospitals.

Alternate JournalJt Comm J Qual Patient Saf
PubMed ID29759258