AIM Partners

Alliance For Innnovation on Maternal Health West Virginia Hospital Association

WHAT IS AIM?

The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any high resource country—and it is the only country outside of Afghanistan and Sudan where the rate is rising. The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) is a national data-driven maternal safety and quality improvement initiative based on proven implementation approaches to improving maternal safety and outcomes in the U.S. Our end goal is to eliminate preventable maternal mortality and severe morbidity across the United States.

AIM works through state teams and health systems to align national, state, and hospital level quality improvement efforts to improve overall maternal health outcomes.


West Virginia Impact Statement 2022

Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy Patient Safety Bundle Implementation

In 2017 severe maternal morbidity (SMM) from hypertension was 7.6%, despite an overall SMM for all obstetric complications being less than 2%.  In 2020 the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership initiated implementation of the AIM Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy patient safety bundle in all delivering hospitals in the state. Despite limited access to medical care and healthcare providers due to the pandemic, efforts by the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership to provide education, evidence-based patient materials, and implementation of the Home BP monitoring program helped maintain early recognition and treatment for hypertensive disorders during and post pregnancy.

The statewide rate of SMM among birthing patients with severe hypertension, excluding those who only received blood transfusions, decreased from an average of 6.5% (2017-2019) to 5.5% in 2020, a reduction of 15%.

In 2022 a renewed effort continues to provide facilities with education, materials, data support and opportunities for sharing of ideas and innovative processes across the delivering hospitals.

Read more about the implementation of the AIM Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy patient safety bundle

Related Websites

AWHONN Post Partum Hemorrhage Project
Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health Program
ACOG Obstetric Hemorrhage Page
North Carolina Perinatal Collaborative
California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative

Contact

Shon Rowan, MD
Associate Professor
WVU School of Medicine, Dept. OB/Gyn
srowan@hsc.wvu.edu

Melanie Riley, RN, MSN
Nurse Coordinator WV Perinatal Partnership
304-582-2461
rileym@marshall.edu

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