New FPQC initiative aims to increase vaginal deliveries

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The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) at the USF College of Public Health has launched a new statewide project aimed at reducing primary cesarean section deliveries in low-risk first-time mothers. “This is an important maternal health issue for Florida mothers and babies as we have one of the highest cesarean rates in the nation,” said […]

Florida Hospitals Promote Primary Vaginal Deliveries in New Initiative

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The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) launched a new statewide project aimed at reducing primary Cesarean section delivery in low-risk first-time mothers. Delivery by cesarean section has been increasing in Florida from a low of 21.9% in 1996 to a high of 38.1% in 2012; Florida’s provisional 2016 rate is 37.4%. The US has seen […]

Lee Health Wins 2017 John Curran Quality Improvement Award

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Lee Health has been awarded the inaugural Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC) John Curran Quality Improvement Award for its efforts in decreasing maternal morbidity. In application for this award, Lee Health submitted its quality improvement project titled “Decreasing Maternal Morbidity in a Multi-Hospital System.” Carol Lawrence, PhD, Lee Health obstetrical administration supervisor, perinatal practice, education, […]

Hypertension in Pregnancy Initiative in Cali, Colombia

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The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative’s Hypertension in Pregnancy (HIP) Initiative has 33 hospitals involved working to treat all women who present with a blood pressure of 160/110 (either reading) within one hour of two elevated measurements. Because Florida’s ACOG District XII, a main supporter of FPQC quality improvement (QI) projects, also encompasses the country of Colombia, […]

FPQC conference expands perinatal care quality and knowledge

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The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative of the USF College of Public Health held its 2017 annual conference on April 27 and 28 in Tampa, Fla. The sixth annual conference attracted more than 220 obstetricians, neonatologists, nurses, midwives, and public health and quality improvement stakeholders from across the state. Perinatal health care professionals joined a statewide conversation on improving the […]

FPQC 2017 Conference “informative and relevant” for improving perinatal care quality

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TAMPA, FL The Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative held its 2017 annual conference on April 27 and 28. The sixth annual conference attracted more than 220 obstetricians, neonatologists, nurses, midwives, and public health and quality improvement stakeholders from across the state. The event was an opportunity for perinatal health care professionals to join a statewide conversation […]

Mother’s Own Milk Initiative NICU Teams Meet in Orlando

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The mid-project meeting for the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative’ Mothers Own Milk (MOM) in the NICU Initiative was held in Orlando on March 14, 2017.  The event was attended by more than 70 participants from all 25 participating Neonatal Intensive Care Units. The day was full of sharing of successes as well as opportunities for […]

Mid-Project Meeting Rejuvenates Hypertension in Pregnancy Initiative Hospital Teams

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On Thursday, November 10, 2016, the hospital teams from around the state participating in the FPQC Hypertension in Pregnancy (HIP) Initiative came together in Orlando for a one-day mid-project meeting.  The purpose of the meeting was to review the progress the teams are making in implementing the Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy bundle from the Alliance […]