Rates for maternal morbidity and mortality are higher in the U.S. than in any other developed country —and many of the harms suffered by patients are preventable.

In a multifactorial study, The Doctors Company (a Candello client organization) investigated postpartum claims to develop clinical recommendations to decrease the risks of postpartum morbidity and mortality.

Data was extracted using the Candello Comprehensive Risk Intelligence Tool and Advanced Report Writer tool. Researchers investigated factors present in postpartum claims, indicators of severe maternal morbidity, and socioeconomic factors. Indicators of severe maternal morbidity included: Blood product transfusion, hysterectomy, cardiac arrest / ventricular fibrillation, disseminated intravascular coagulation, hemorrhage, sepsis, ventilation, shock, amniotic fluid embolism, and eclampsia.

Analyzing medical malpractice claims that arise out of recurring, preventable sources of risk can aid medical professionals and institutions in identifying and adhering to best practices for care.

Read the full text of this study published in the peer-review journal, Inside Medical Liability.

Postpartum-MalpracticePostpartum Malpractice Claims: Can We Understand Preventable Harms and Socioeconomic Factors?

Feldman DL, Ross J, Valentine S. (2023). Postpartum Malpractice Claims: Can We Understand Preventable Harms and Socioeconomic Factors?. Inside Medical Liability

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