APAOG HAS PARTNERED WITH AIM (ALLIANCE FOR INNOVATION ON MATERNAL HEALTH) TO EMPOWER PA’S TO IMPLEMENT PATIENT SAFETY BUNDLES IN THEIR INSTITUTIONS.
The Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) is the national, cross-sector commitment designed to lead in developing and implementing patient safety bundles to promote safe care for every U.S. birth.
Patient Safety Bundles are a structured way of improving the processes of care and patient outcomes. They are clinical condition-specific and follow an evidence-based 5R structure that has been proven to improve patient outcomes when performed collectively and reliably.
PSBs aim to improve the way care is provided to improve outcomes. A bundle includes actionable steps that can be adapted to a variety of facilities and resource levels.
These primary bundles, which are supported by specific quality metrics and measures through the AIM Data Center, are the core building blocks of the AIM program’s efforts to address the leading known causes of preventable severe maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States. The bundles below were developed as part of the AIM Program and funded by HRSA.
While bundles are not meant to be prescriptive, they are meant to provide guidance on best practices. The Respectful Care section in each bundle is meant to highlight best practices in offering and providing respectful, equitable, and supportive care to every patient in every setting from every provider. These concepts of equity are also infused into all other sections of a bundle and are not intended to be limited to a single section. Equity considerations should be foundational to every step of planning and action to address quality and safety in care, including bundle design and implementation.
HOW ARE DATA AND METRICS RELATED TO A BUNDLE?
Data collected for quality improvement measures progress toward success in bundle implementation. To support bundle implementation and data-driven quality improvement, AIM develops process, structure, and outcome metrics for each of its core bundles. Process metrics track whether facility teams performed specific, essential interventions during a reporting period, such as the proportion of patients who received screening or risk assessments. Structure metrics examine whether core infrastructural elements have been established by facility teams, such as the approximate date on which a facility developed a unit-standard process or protocol. Outcome metrics assess changes in health status attributable to each bundle, such as severe maternal morbidity, including and excluding blood transfusions. For some bundles, AIM develops state surveillance metrics, which are statewide, public health surveillance metrics used to monitor health outcomes that cannot be easily attributable to a specific facility, such as maternal mortality.
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