Patient Safety Concerns: Maternal Health (Part 2)

June 17, 2020

Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows more than 700 women die each year from childbirth-related complications in the United States—and more than half of these deaths are preventable. Another 50,000 women experience serious birth-related complications. The U.S. has the highest maternal death rate among the world's developed nations, and that rate is rising, even as it falls throughout most of the rest of the world.

In the second episode of the two-part series, we're talking about strategies for preventing maternal death and injury. In particular, we'll look at ways providers should support mothers after they leave the hospital—a time that hasn't received as much attention as the time in the hospital right after delivery.

Maternal health across the continuum of care ranked number 2 on ECRI's 2020 Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns, after missed and delayed diagnoses. Learn more about how ECRI can help from our website at

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